Coulthard Fastest Again at Magny-Cours
Friday June 23rd, 2000
David Coulthard was fastest in testing again at Magny-Cours yesterday.
Coulthard was just under two tenths of a second faster than anyone else around the Magny-Cours circuit, which saw most of the eleven Formula One teams testing, gaining useful information for the upcoming French Grand Prix.
Second and sixth fastest were the two Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher continued his set-up work in the morning, while in the afternoon he attempted a race simulation which was cut short by other events on the track. Schumacher completed a total of 72 laps, with a fastest time of 1:16.145. Barrichello tried out various tyres as well as working on set-up, before a transmission problem ended his day early, with a best time of 1:16.689.
Arrows resumed testing, after having to send one of the cars that had just arrived back from Canada to France to replace the car Verstappen damaged the previous day. Once the car arrived at the track, many parts needed to be changed to suit the Magny-Cours circuit, allowing Pedro de la Rosa to complete only 9 laps before a minor oil leak saw the car return to the pits. de la Rosa will continue testing today.
Benetton again had two drivers yesterday, with Giancarlo Fisichella joining Alexander Wurz for the second day at Magny Cours. As usual with a pre-race test, both drivers worked on set-up work and tyre comparisons. Wurz ran 61 laps setting the seventh fastest time of 1:16.965, while Fisichella completed 33 laps setting the tenth fastest time of 1:17.451 despute having repairs made to the car after damaging the underside of the chassis after he ran wide over the kerbs. Both drivers will continue today.
Testing continues at Magny-Cours today.