Alonso tops Jerez test times 2002-12-12

The Spanish circuit of Jerez took over as the scene of testing this week where Renault's Fernando Alonso topped the times today. The Spaniard set a fastest of 1:21.77 over 63 laps, testing the new suspension system, and was narrowly ahead of...

The Spanish circuit of Jerez took over as the scene of testing this week where Renault's Fernando Alonso topped the times today. The Spaniard set a fastest of 1:21.77 over 63 laps, testing the new suspension system, and was narrowly ahead of McLaren test driver Alex Wurz. Renault also had Jarno Trulli on track, sixth fastest, and Wurz was joined by Kimi Raikkonen who was fourth quickest over all.

Ralf Schumacher and Marc Gene were on duty for Williams, third and seventh fastest respectively, and worked on the new P83 BMW engine, set-up and tyres. "We had a wet start to the day after all night rainfall," said test team manager Tim Newton. "We took advantage of the dampened track to do some wet tyre work with Michelin. This then progressed to slick tyres as the track begun to dry out by 11.30."

"The rest of the day consisted of warm and sunny conditions. Ralf was focusing on systems and brake work completing 81 laps. Marc continued progress with the new engine in addition to system and brake work. Tomorrow we are expecting a similar weather forecast so we can start dry tyre work."

Antonio Pizzonia set the fifth time for Jaguar and team mate Mark Webber rounded off the list some two and a half seconds off Alonso's pace. The pair tested the new gear box, engine and Michelin tyres, although Webber was hampered by technical problems

Elsewhere, Ferrari was on track at Barcelona, where Luca Badoer was fastest with a 1:18.171 ahead of Rubens Barrichello, working on tyres and electronics. Sauber was also present, Nick Heidfeld completing a damper development programme and Heinz-Harald Frentzen continued with aerodynamic tests. Luciano Burti was at Mugello for Ferrari but bad weather curtailed his running to only seven laps.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Luciano Burti , Ralf Schumacher , Antonio Pizzonia , Luca Badoer , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , Mark Webber , Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Marc Gene , Fernando Alonso , Alexander Wurz
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams