May 17th, 2002

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Valencia Day 3 (full report)

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Williams driver Ralf Schumacher topped the times on Thursday as testing continued at the Valencia circuit in Spain.
It was Schumacher's first session of the week and he was instantly on the pace, setting a best lap of 1.10.59. He worked on determining optimum tyres and set-up for the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.

The German's progress was hampered by an engine change required late in the afternoon after he coasted into the pits. Williams test driver Marc Gene also needed a fresh V10 after an oil leak was discovered on his car during the morning session.

Gene, who set the second best lap of the day, brought out the red flags at 11.18 local time when he ran out of fuel whilst conducting consumption work. The oil leak came to light when his car got back to the pits. The Spaniard went on to complete a long run of 32 laps as well as trying out new Michelin tyre compounds.

Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella was third quickest behind Gene. The Italian worked on a wide-ranging programme of Monaco preparations, including electronics, cooling system and general set-up work. It was Jordan's final day of testing at Valencia.

Jenson Button was fourth fastest for Renault, the British driver working on set-up. Meanwhile, team tester Fernando Alonso's 62 laps included one long run of 20 as he carried out traction control and electronics development. Both Renault drivers stayed on after the test for promotional filming work with the team.

BAR's Olivier Panis finished fifth in the timesheets. The Frenchman brought out the red flags early in the morning when his car stopped after an experimental gearbox component on his car failed. This was promptly replaced and Panis returned to the track for further set-up work.

However, despite trying several tyre compounds a frustrated Panis was unable to match the pace of his rivals. He continues work at the circuit on Friday.

Early mists cleared at Valencia to leave sunny conditions and temperatures of up to 27°C. Track temperatures peaked at 38°C.

BAR, Renault and Williams all continue testing here on Friday. Renault and Williams are also expected to run on Saturday in a private test with tyre suppliers Michelin.
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Well hi..I have just joined this community because I am a big formula 1 fan.
I am from Germany. So I guess it is not hard to guess which drivers I like most...
Anyway I can't wait to see the next race...
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Valencia Day 4 (full report)

Williams test driver Marc Gene was the fastest man at Valencia on Friday, as three of the 11 Formula One™ racing teams continued testing ahead of next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix.
Gene was over a second quicker than his nearest rival around the Spanish circuit, as he worked on unspecified future developments for the Williams FW24.

Team mate Ralf Schumacher was fourth fastest as he focussed on set-up work for Monaco, a race at which the German doesn't expect Williams to be particularly strong.

Renault's Jenson Button was second fastest as he ran with a new engine specification, expected to be introduced at the Canadian Grand Prix in June. Renault test driver Fernando Alonso concentrated on set-up and tyres, recording the day's third best time.

BAR's Olivier Panis set the final time of the test. The Frenchman's progress was hampered by a software problem in the morning and then an engine failure. He re-emerged with a fresh Honda V10 at 16.15 local time, only for the car to stop on track at 16.40. This brought out the only red flags of the day and signalled the end of Panis' work at Valencia.

Conditions at Valencia were mistier than on previous days this week, though sunshine did break through by lunchtime. Track temperatures peaked at 41 degrees Celsius.

Williams and Renault will remain at the circuit to conduct a private test session on Saturday with tyre suppliers Michelin.
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