Jordan Tops Final Day

Two things happened in Friday’s test session that not many expected – the rain let up and Jordan drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Takuma Sato let their EJ11s out a little.

Fisichella blew away the weeks’ top time Friday, hitting 1:18.49, while Sato was close behind him with a top time of 1:19.13. Michael Schumacher won the pole for the 2001 Grand Prix of Spain at the Circuit de Catalunya with a time of 1:18.201.

“It’s been a very good day,” Fisichella said. “We did a variety of set-up work and I did a lot of laps. Last year was a difficult year for me and I'm just getting used to a new car, so putting in the quickest lap time of the week is a good feeling. I'm pleased but it will be better if I can do the same in qualifying!”

Fisichella spent the day concentrating on general set-up development, launch control, front and rear suspension geometry and finally some tire-program work for Bridgestone. Sato worked on traction and launch control development and general set up, with a routine engine and gearbox change midway through the session.

Only eight drivers tested on Friday, allowing Fisichella and Sato to each get more than 70 laps of testing in. Ferrari test driver Luca Badoer was third fastest Friday, followed by Jenson Button and Olivier Panis.

“Finally today, we were able to run with continuity on a dry track," said Badoer, who ran 93 laps Friday. “This meant we were able to try various types of tire which Bridgestone had brought here. The data acquired will be very useful for the rest of the season.”

Anthony Davidson was sixth fastest Friday with 55 laps completed, followed by Fernando Alonso in a Renault and Mika Salo.

Most teams will continue testing in Valencia, Spain, next week, including the Minardi team’s first appearance of 2002. Alex Yoong, Mark Webber, Christijan Albers, Matteo Bobbi and Antonio Garcia are all expected to test for Minardi next week as the team continues to search for its No. 2 driver.

The Valencia test is scheduled for Jan. 15-17.

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