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McLaren Duo End Pre-Season Testing at Barcelona

Friday February 23rd, 2001

Mika Hakkinen, todayPre-season testing came to and end on Friday as the McLaren duo formed by Mika Hakkinen and test driver Alexander Wurz completed the final day of preparations at the Barcelona circuit in Spain, with the Austrian edging the two-time world champion.

Both drivers completed a race distance today, in a bid to improve the poor reliability of the new McLaren-Mercedes MP4-16, with Wurz doing 78 laps with a best time of 1:19.914, while Hakkinen completed 75 and was only six hundredths of a second slower.

However, the problems continued for the Woking-based team and Wurz suffered an engine failure during the morning, while Hakkinen lost some due to a gearbox problem.

Some figures from the testing sessions at Barcelona:

  • Alex Wurz is the driver who completed the most number of laps during the 2001 pre-season: 737
  • McLaren completed the most kilometers: 3,762kms (2,351 miles)
  • 26 different drivers have tested at Barcelona this year
  • Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello set the fastest lap: 1:18.605

    Today's times:

    Pos  Driver        Team-Engine         Tyres  Time   
     1.  Wurz          McLaren-Mercedes    (B)    1:19.914
     2.  Hakkinen      McLaren-Mercedes    (B)    1:19.975
    All Timing and Data Unofficial

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