The 1998 April-May Barcelona Test was a mid-season Formula One test taking place shortly after the 1998 San Marino Grand Prix and right before the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix hosted at the exact same circuit. The test took place over four days with all the teams with the exception of Arrows participating in the test.
Driver running order
|Team||Car||Day 1 (Tue)||Day 2 (Wed)||Day 3 (Thu)||Day 4 (Fri)|
|Williams||FW20||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jacques Villeneuve|
|Ferrari||F300||Luca Badoer||Michael Schumacher / Eddie Irvine|
|Benetton||B198||Alexander Wurz||Alexander Wurz / Giancarlo Fisichella||Alexander Wurz|
|McLaren||MP4-13||Mika Häkkinen / David Coulthard|
|Jordan||198||Ralf Schumacher / Pedro de la Rosa||Ralf Schumacher / Damon Hill||Damon Hill / Juichi Wakasaki|
|Prost||AP01||Olivier Panis||Jarno Trulli|
|Sauber||C17||Jean Alesi||Jean Alesi / Jörg Müller||Jean Alesi / Johnny Herbert|
|Arrows||Did not attend|
|Stewart||SF02||Did not attend||Rubens Barrichello / Jan Magnussen||Rubens Barrichello|
|Tyrrell||026||Toranosuke Takagi||Ricardo Rosset||Toranosuke Takagi||Did not attend|
|Minardi||M198||Did not attend||Shinji Nakano / Laurent Rédon||Shinji Nakano / Esteban Tuero / Laurent Rédon|
The first day of the Barcelona test saw the McLaren's leading the timesheets with Mika Häkkinen setting the fastest time with a 1.22.85 ahead of teammate David Coulthard. Häkkinen completed a total of 69 laps whilst Coulthard completed 72 for McLaren. Häkkinen experienced a few slight hitches throughout the day suffering from a slight engine problem in the morning as well as a hydraulic problem in the afternoon. The two driver's would use the test as an emphasis on development for the Bridgestone tyres.
Ferrari only ran their test driver Luca Badoer on the first day of the test, Michael Schumacher was originally scheduled to drive alongside Badoer but after catching a bout of flu, Schumacher opted to sit out the first day of the test. Badoer was eighth fastest, concentrating on set-up and Goodyear tyre tests.
After his large accident in the San Marino Grand Prix, Giancarlo Fisichella opted to sit out the first day of the test and rest, this meant Alexander Wurz was the only Benetton car running on the first day. Wurz completed a total of 48 laps concentrating on set-up work.
Olivier Panis was the third fastest driver of the day in his Prost-Peugeot, Panis concentrating on tyre testing as well as assessing new aerodynamic parts to replace the now banned 'x-wing' devices on the cars.
Jordan were the only team other than McLaren to run two cars on the first day, the team ran race driver Ralf Schumacher and test driver Pedro de la Rosa on the first day of the test. The two drivers concentrating on set-up work.
Williams driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen completed the most mileage out of anyone on the first day, completing a total of 78 laps. Frentzen concentrated on tyre testing as well as evaluating a few minor chassis changes.
Jean Alesi was only able to complete 38 laps in his Sauber on the first day before he suffered an engine failure, putting an end to his day. Alesi had been focussing on tyre and aerodynamic development.
Day One, 28 April
|9||Pedro de la Rosa||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||198||1:25.05||+2.23s||58|
Day Two, 29 April