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Enrique Bernoldi
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Jacques Villeneuve
Olivier Panis

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M. Schumacher
Rubens Barrichello

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Eddie Irvine
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Takuma Sato
Giancarlo Fisichella

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Kimi Raikkonen
David Coulthard

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Alex Yoong
Jos Verstappen

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H. H. Frentzen 
Luciano Burti

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Jarno Trulli
Jenson Button

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Nick Heidfeld
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Mika Salo
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Ralf Schumacher
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Formula One Team Roundup

January 27, 2002

SCUDERIA FERRARI MARLBORO : TESTING SCHEDULE
Rubens Barrichello was in Mugello Friday shooting an advertisement and will be back there on Monday for testing. Both he and Schumacher will be at Barcelona from 29 January to 1 February testing electronics and tires. Bridgestone is currently involved in a large development program with new tires incorporating new compounds and constructions. The new car is nearly ready and will be launched on 6 February in the brand new factory which will be used to assemble engines for both Maserati and Ferrari production cars. Already 300 journalists and 50 photographers are planning to attend. In Valencia last week, while Luciano Burti and Luca Badoer continued tests with development parts including the new gearbox, using the F2001, Schumacher carried out tire testing for Bridgestone. He was twice fastest of the day, only pipped on the final day by Barrichello on 1m 12.498s - less than 0.1sec ahead of Michael. It was the first time Schumacher had driven in Vanecia and he seemed to like it. He was very pleased with the development of the Bridgestone tires as well. "I can feel substantial improvements from the new tire generation", he said.

WEST McLAREN MERCEDES : FIRST RUN FOR NEW CAR
Alexander Wurz gave the new McLaren Mercedes MP4/17 its first public appearance after its launch at Barcelona last Saturday, the Austrian reporting that his initial reaction was that the car had "improved low speed mechanical grip" as compared with its predecessor. David Coulthard took over the car on Sunday and Monday, reporting that he was pleased with his first impressions, while Wurz and Kimi Raikkonen continued tire and component testing with the interim MP4/16Bs. On Tuesday Wurz got down to a 1m 18.194s in the interim car ahead of Coulthard's 1m 19.280s in the MP4/17 while Raikkonen took over the new car on Wednesday, leaving Coulthard to complete 86 laps in the MP4/16B for a best of 1m 18.236s. Raikkonen managed 58 laps in the MP4/17 despite a minor unspecified technical problem during the morning which prevented him from running as much as he wanted. On Thursday Wurz managed a 1m 18.897s with Raikkonen turning a 1m 19.494s.

BMW WILLIAMSF1 TEAM : NEW CAR FOLLOWS SEVEN DAY TEST
The new Williams-BMW FW24 was scheduled for its official unveiling Friday at Silverstone where it is the intention that it should complete a handful of shakedown laps in front of the Television cameras before being dispatched to Barcelona for its first major test. Friday the team's test drivers Antonio Pizzonia and Marc Gene will resume testing at the Circuit de Catalunya with two interim FW23 development cars, last year's chassis fitted with the 2002 engine and gearbox. They will be joined by Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya on Sunday and will test through until Friday 1 February. Last Sunday the team completed an intensive seven day test at Valencia with the interim cars and one of last year's FW23s. The main priority was to complete more running with the latest BMW P82 engine and assessing the power-train development as well as trying the latest Michelin rubber in a variety of condition. Commented Chief Operations Engineer Sam Michael: "It's really been an intensive program which is set to continue in Barcelona next week." Ralf Schumacher set the third fastest time of the whole test week at Valencia on 1m 12.773s, concentrating on Michelin tire tests in the 2001 car. Gene and Pizzonia drove the interim chassis, both doing a successful long run on the final day. Gene managed 106 laps and Pizzonia 82 laps, the young Brazilian managing a 1m 13.387s sixth fastest. BMW Sports Director Gerhard Berger said; "It is incredible how much data you collect with a big test with three cars. As far as our new engine is concerned we are very happy. There are small problems, but we know where they are and already have solutions in preparation".

SAUBER PETRONAS : HAPPY WITH C21 TEST
After the trouble-free roll-out at Fiorano, the Sauber Petronas team had another three smooth days of testing with the new C21 at Barcelona. This was chassis C21/02 which went to Spain as chassis 01 had been used to successfully complete all the mandatory crash tests, both at Milan and at the team's Hinwill factory. Nick Heidfeld ran the first two days at Barcelona, completing 52 laps on Monday and 54 on Tuesday. "It is almost frightening that nothing is happening", he joked after expressing himself very satisfied with the reliability and performance of the new car. Heidfeld was only 0.2sec behind Coulthard on Monday and on Tuesday was within 0.1sec of the McLaren on 1m 19.290s. "The new car is better in every aspect, much more agile and easier to drive", he added. On Wednesday Felipe Massa got his first drive in the new Sauber, losing some time to a gearbox failure which occurred after he had a mix-up with the launch control starting procedure. Massa managed a 1m 20.376s after 51 laps, only 0.1sec away from Raikkonen in the new McLaren. The team will return to Barcelona next week. The new Sauber C21 was due to have its official launch in Switzerland Friday.


Jordan Honda EJ12

JORDAN HONDA : NEW CAR GETS SILVERSTONE SHAKEDOWN
The first of the new Jordan-Honda EJ-12s had its first run at Silverstone on Tuesday in the hands of Takuma Sato on the South Circuit at the start of a three day test program. This is an entirely new design based on its predecessor, the EJ-11. Its new carbon-fiber monocoque is complimented by a new aerodynamic package which includes a swooping nose section, whilst the all-new Honda RA200E engine is mated to a revised seven-speed Jordan transmission. On Wednesday Sato was joined by Giancarlo Fisichella, the Italian taking over the EJ-11 to continue engine mapping for Honda and assessing various cooling configurations. Fisichella managed a 1m 38.37s in the new car with Sato trying one of the old EJ-11s, although the session was brought to an end prematurely due to deteriorating weather conditions and heavy rain.

LUCKY STRIKE BAR HONDA : FOUR GOOD DAYS IN VALENCIA
The BAR-Honda team completed a productive four day test at Valencia which ended last Sunday. Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis took to the track in their new BAR 004s alongside test drivers Anthony Davidson and Ryo Fukuda, who joined the test for two days each. It was Fukuda's first test for the team which was clearly impressed by his debut performance. The test focused on tire testing, chassis set-up and brake development work and the team is optimistic as it heads back to Spain for the next test at Barcelona on 28 January. Chief Engineer Steve Farrell said; "We've had another good test so we are feeling cautiously optimistic about the progress we've made since the first test in Barcelona".

MILD SEVEN RENAULT F1 TEAM : NEW CAR LAUNCH IN PARIS
The new Renault RS02 will be officially unveiled on Sunday at the team's Guyancourt headquarters after which it will be flown down to Barcelona in order for testing to start on Monday with Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button. The team will also have a Benetton B201 chassis for test work. The team's schedule is to test all week at Barcelona followed by Monday to Thursday the following week at Valencia. Then it is back to Barcelona the following week and a final three-day shakedown of all three new RS02s at Silverstone from 18-20 February.

JAGUAR RACING : SUSPENSION CHANGES FOR R3
The Jaguar Formula One team took the second of its new R3s to the Lurcy Levis aerodrome circuit in France for straight line tests with Andrea Lotterer at the wheel in a bid to gather more data to improve the performance of the new car's front wing. The team will continue testing at Barcelona Friday with the original R3 chassis which has been fitted with some revised suspension components to rectify a flexing problem which has also been identified. "We are hoping to make a big step forward", said team principal Niki Lauda who will be attending the first two days of Jaguar's latest Barcelona test.

PROST GRAND PRIX : FINAL DECISION ON MONDAY
The commercial court at Versailles met yesterday afternoon to make its final decision concerning the future of Prost Grand Prix. If the ultimate offer, coming from a foreign country, is accepted, the team will be able to carry on. However, if this offer is not considered to be acceptable, the team will have to cease all its activities. The court should make its announcement on Monday.

ORANGE ARROWS : NEW CAR READY NEXT WEEK
The first of the new Arrows-Cosworth's will be ready for a preliminary shakedown driven by Enrique Bernoldi at a United Kingdom circuit towards the end of next week. The car will then go to the following week's Valencia test, but there is no news yet as to when it will be formally unveiled or the identity of the team's other driver.

KL MINARDI ASIATECH : TWO SUCCESSFUL DAYS AT MISANO
The KL Minardi team tested for two days in Misano-Adriatico with two cars driven by Alex Yoong and Mark Webber. They were trying components for the new car which should be ready for a shakedown on 1 February. It will then test at Valencia from 4 February. The dynamic crash test was passed on Wednesday in Milan, and the static one on Thursday in Faenza, both successfully. Team principal Paul Stoddart was in Kuala Lumpur last Sunday to launch the new colors of the team and on his return he is expected to nominate the second driver. It seems that Webber made a good impression.

PANASONIC TOYOTA RACING : BARCELONA NEXT WEEK
After a successful first Barcelona test the Toyota team was back at its Paul Ricard base this week for more private testing before it was due back at the Circuit de Catalunya next week with both Mika Salo and Allan McNish when a second 2002 chassis is expected to be ready. The test from 22-24 January at Paul Ricard saw McNish driving all three days in stormy conditions on all three days, with some torrential rain and strong winds. "I have been pleased with the test from two sides", said McNish. "Firstly we have made some progress with the car and I did some consistent running in wet and dry conditions - the first time I have done that with the new car". 

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