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||December 17, 2002 09:00
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December 13 - Jerez Test
JENSON BUTTON MAKES TESTING DEBUT WITH B.A.R
Jenson Button embarked on his long-awaited first test with Lucky Strike
B.A.R Honda today at the Circuito de Jerez in Spain. This was Jenson's
first opportunity to spend some time trackside with his new team and
joining him for his testing debut was team-mate Jacques Villeneuve.
Jenson is on track for days 1 and 2 of this 3-day test and his focus
will be tyre testing for Bridgestone, an engine programme for Honda and
generally getting to know his engineers and mechanics.
At the wheel of this year's BAR Honda 004, Jenson left the garage for
his first installation lap as soon as the track opened and he was on
the pace from the off. He completed 52 laps and set a best time of
1:22.536 before an engine problem struck midway into the afternoon
session, bringing his day's running to a close. Although disappointed
to have lost track time and the chance of a faster lap, he was buoyant
following an otherwise productive inaugural day.
Speaking at the end of today's session, B.A.R's new driver said: "I've
had a good first day with the team. I was driving this year's car so,
although I didn't get a taste of what I can expect next year, it felt
well-balanced and good to drive. We did some good work this morning so
it's a shame that we couldn't continue improving but today wasn't about
how quick I am, it was about getting to grips with everything. I've
settled in well and I feel part of the team already. I'm looking
forward to another good day tomorrow."
Jacques Villeneuve enjoyed a trouble-free one-day programme, in which
he completed 68 laps and set a best time of 1:22.143. He commented:
"We had a good day today working mainly with Honda. We got plenty of
laps in and everything was working well so it's good to leave my last
2002 test on a positive note."
Shuhei Nakamoto, Race and Test Team Manager, said: "Jenson did a good
job on his first day with a car, engine and tyres that are new to him.
He is very responsive with his feedback and a pleasure to work with.
We are looking forward to the first test of the new engine and chassis
in the New Year."
Anthony Davidson will take over the reins of Jacques' car tomorrow for
the duration of the test. Day 3 (Sunday) will see Kosuke Matsuura,
runner-up in the 2002 German Formula 3 Championship, getting his first
taste of Formula One courtesy of B.A.R in recognition of his
achievements this year.