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Barcelona Dec. 2-5
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda
5 December 2002
B.A.R COMPLETE 3-DAY TEST IN BARCELONA
Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda returned to Barcelona this week for their
second three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya (3-5 December).
The main focus of the test programme was electronic software
development analysis together with some brake development work and
Bridgestone tyre testing.
On day one, Anthony Davidson completed 96 laps - more than any other
driver - with a best time of 1:20.363.
Back in the car for day two, Anthony covered a further 79 laps and
achieved a fastest time of 1.19:422. The car ran smoothly until the end
of the day when a mechanical problem caused it to stop on the circuit.
Day three of the test saw Ralph Firman make his Formula One test debut in the BAR004. The 27-year old British driver was invited to test with the team in recognition of his success in winning the Japanese Formula Nippon Championship this year. Anthony Davidson ran a systems check in the car this morning before handing over to Ralph, who then went on to complete 46 laps with a best time of 1:21.056.
Ralph was very pleased with what he achieved today. "I was given the
opportunity by Lucky Strike B.A.R Honda to experience Formula One
technology and to see what I could do. The biggest difficulty I had
initially was getting used to the braking. It takes a few laps to get
a feel for how late you can brake into a corner. It is also hard to
trust the traction control system to start with. The engineers were
telling me I could trust it 100% and once I started to do that it was
fine. It took me about 20 laps to get used to the car, after which I
was able to start suggesting small changes that made me more
comfortable. I would like to thank the team for giving me this amazing
Ralph was joined on track by Jacques Villeneuve who was testing for the
first time since the end of the season. Jacques took the opportunity
to evaluate the work that the team have carried out over the last two
tests. He also completed a tyre test for Bridgestone. He covered 74
laps with a best time of 1:18.924.
Commenting at the end of the test, Jacques said: "Today was not a bad
day. We were here to test some electronic software for next year and
we did what we set out to do without any problems, so I am quite
The test team now move to Jerez where Jenson Button will have his first
outing in the BAR004 on December 13-14. Another young driver, Kosuke
Matsuura, will have his first taste of Formula One on December 15 after
B.A.R offered him a test opportunity in recognition of his achievements
as runner-up in this year's German Formula 3 Championship.