Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher displaced Toyota rookie Christiano da Matta at the top of the timesheets in Barcelona on Monday.

Ferrari’s Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher displaced Toyota rookie Christiano da Matta at the top of the timesheets in Barcelona on Monday.

The Scuderia dominated the second day of the three-day Barcelona test as Barrichello and Schumacher spent the session working on an intensive Bridgestone tyre development programme. Barrichello ended the day fastest, three tenths faster than the reigning world champion.

Brazilian Cristiano da Matta, who set the fastest lap time on Sunday, was third quickest for Toyota. "It's very nice to see beautiful times on the sheet," said Da Matta. "At the same time, we don't know what the other teams are doing.

"We have managed to find a good balance for Barcelona, something we didn't manage in Valencia. We definitely have more grip overall and by the time the season starts I will have experience of nine of the 16 circuits," he added.

Renault’s Jarno Trulli was fourth fastest with the new R23, just two tenths of second slower than Da Matta. Trulli was followed by Jenson Button (BAR) and Nick Heidfeld (Sauber).

Both Williams drivers, Ralf Schumacher and Juan-Pablo Montoya, set mediocre times although neither was prepared to say too much about the car's potential until it runs in its full 2003-specification aerodynamic package, reported.

"We will find out much more about the car at Valencia next week," said Ralf Schumacher. "It is a totally new concept and of course we still have a long way to go."

Both BAR Hondas suffered engine failures and the Jacques Villeneuve was apparently unhappy with the new car’s pace and reliability. Monday marked the first time that Villeneuve was outpaced by team-mate Button since the pair began testing earlier this year.

Meanwhile, a Group GT-class Porsche 911 upstaged premier prototype class competitors to win the Daytona 24 Hours at the weekend. The race was won by Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard.

It was a clean sweep of the podium for cars from the GT class. The Risi team's Ferrari 360, driven by Briton Johnny Mowlem, Ralf Kelleners and Anthony Lazzaro finished second, ahead of Renwerks Motorsport's Porsche 911.

The first of the new Daytona Prototypes, the Multimatic Ford of Scott Walker, David Brabham and David Empringham, came home fourth overall. The car had looked set to finish second, but was delayed by a mechanical failure just over two hours from the finish. Fifth overall went to the Brumos Porshce Fabcar, the second Daytona Prototype home.

Barcelona day 2 (unofficial)

Pos Driver Chassis-engine Tyres Time Laps

1 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari B 1m16,900s 64

2 Michael Schumacher Ferrari B 1m17,282s 88

3 Cristiano de Matta Toyota M 1m17,563s 77

4 Jarno Trulli Renault M 1m17,778s 54

5 Jenson Button BAR-Honda B 1m17,826s 66

6 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas B 1m17,907s 94

7 Antonio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth M 1m18,079s 41

8 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda B 1m18,342s 68

9 Juan-Pablo Montoya WilliamsF1 BMW M 1m18,511s 41

10 Ralf Schumacher WilliamsF1 BMW M 1m18,725s 62

11 Allan McNish Renault M 1m19,203s 64

12 Juan-Pablo Montoya WilliamsF1 BMW M 1m19,735s 17

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