Friday February 2nd, 2001
Italian driver Giorgio Pantano has said he was impressed with the McLaren team after he participated in a two-day private test at Jerez this week.
Pantano, the reigning German Formula Three champion, joined McLaren drivers David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen, test driver Alexander Wurz, and Mercedes driver Darren Turner and young Briton Gary Paffett at the private test in Spain.
"The McLaren team were very professional and friendly," Pantano said. "Their attention to detail and the effort they put in was an eye-opener in what effort goes into running a top team in Formula One."
Pantano and Paffett, who won the scholarship class of the British Formula Three series, were handed their chance to test after they impressed McLaren's management team.
McLaren's private testing at Jerez finished on Thursday, and it was Hakkinen who set the fastest time of the four days (1:21.13).