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OCTOBER 1, 2002

Testing in Barcelona, teams look to 2003

Testing resumed Tuesday in Barcelona, as the Formula One teams prepare for the Japanese Grand Prix in two weeks, as well as looking ahead to next year. McLaren, BAR and Toyota tested both current and future components at the Spanish circuit.

Alexander Wurz topped the times in the McLaren MP4-17B, a modified version of the current Mercedes powered car. The Austrian completed nearly ninety laps, and finished the day more than a second and a half quicker than the rest of the test drivers, led by BAR's Anthony Davidson.

Davidson tested Honda's new-spec engine that will be used in Japan. The motor failed after Davidson completed seventy laps.

Darren Turner shook down a second modified McLaren, while Stephane Sarrazin and Ryan Briscoe tested for Toyota. Sarrazin put a TF102B through its paces, testing reliability, while Briscoe ran in this year's car.

Testing will continue in Barcelona Wednesday.