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Testing Silverstone, Day Three [30 May 2002|10:45pm]
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Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello again topped the times on Thursday as Formula One™ testing continued in changeable weather conditions at Silverstone.

Barrichello was almost two seconds faster than his nearest rival, Toyota's Allan McNish, as intermittent rain affected all the teams' programmes. Track temperature rose no higher than 18 degrees Celsius.

Barrichello, like the two McLarens present, focussed on Silverstone tyre work in preparation for the upcoming British Grand Prix.

For Williams, Juan Pablo Montoya drove both a regular chassis and the developmental chassis that tester Marc Gene used at the recent Valencia test. Gene carried out some long runs as he completed tyre and engine work with BMW, who are preparing an uprated V10 for Canada.

Renault test driver Fernando Alonso got his first taste of the Jaguar R3. The talented Spaniard was on loan to the team for the day to act as a benchmark for their own young testers James Courtney and Andre Lotterer, who tested here earlier this week.

Alonso was an impressive fourth fastest, outpacing team regular Pedro de la Rosa, who only put in limited laps.

At BAR, Jacques Villeneuve carried out an engine and tyre programme, though his morning running was hampered by ECU problems which meant the car would not start. BAR tester Patrick Lemarie focussed on rear suspension development, though he too had ECU and gearbox problems.

Both Toyota drivers worked on aerodynamic set-up for Canada, while at Jordan Takuma Sato tested a new Honda engine that had not even been mapped yet. Its characteristics were reported to be "very different" to their current V10.

For Sauber, Nick Heidfeld carried out general Silverstone set-up work, but the German was frustrated by the inconsistent weather conditions.

This week's Silverstone test has now been completed.

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