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BAR Join Williams at Estoril

Saturday July 8th, 2000

Williams were joined by BAR at the Estoril track in Portugal yesterday, with Ralf Schumacher setting the fastest time.

Ralf Schumacher ran the most laps on the day, setting a fastest time of 1:21.103 during his 65 laps of the circuit. Schumacher commented about the test and track at the end of the day: "It was a productive day, with a good amount of running and good progress made in setting up the car. I think that we should be well prepared for Spielberg. It was nice to come back to Estoril. I have good memories of this track because I did a lot of testing here in 1997. The new layout of the circuit has generally improved, as most of the corners have big enough run-off areas now. There are still two corners to improve, I think, the exit of the 2nd corner and turn 6, the left-hander. Although the track is new, itís still very bumpy."

BAR completed some limited running, with Ricardo Zonta completing 25 laps with a fastest time of 1:21.730, and Darren Manning completing 11 laps with a best time of 1:24.329.

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