Pizzonia tops first day of Jerez test

The teams were back at work testing at Jerez today and it was the test drivers who were putting the cars through their paces at the Spanish circuit. Conditions were good and nine drivers from six teams were on track. Williams' Antonio Pizzonia...

The teams were back at work testing at Jerez today and it was the test drivers who were putting the cars through their paces at the Spanish circuit. Conditions were good and nine drivers from six teams were on track.

Williams' Antonio Pizzonia topped the times on Tuesday, his best a 1:17.055, and also completed the most laps, 100. The Brazilian was back behind the wheel after missing the last test due to injuring his ankle while in China. He worked on brakes and system checks as well as set up and tyres.

Renault had Franck Montagny behind the wheel and also Development Driver Heikki Kovalainen. Montagny was second, just fractionally behind Pizzonia, and Kovalainen was fourth. The pair completed nearly 150 laps between them, while race driver Jacques Villeneuve is expected to join the test tomorrow.

Pedo de la Rosa and Alex Wurz were third and fifth respectively for McLaren, both working on set up for Brazil. Ricardo Zonta was sixth for Toyota as he prepares to take the race seat for his home Grand Prix, and the team also had Driver Academy youngster Franck Perera behind the wheel, eighth.

Enrique Bernoldi was back in action for BAR, seventh quickest, and worked on aerodynamics for 2005 and engine evaluation for Honda. Jaguar's Björn Wirdheim was ninth and last on the time sheet.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , Jacques Villeneuve , Ricardo Zonta , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Heikki Kovalainen , Franck Perera
Teams McLaren , Williams