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Thumbs up for Friday testing. 07 Mar 2003

New branding on the nose of the Jordan.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Preparations, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 6 March 2003

Eddie Jordan emerged cheerfully from the first official private test session on a Grand Prix Friday morning, after his drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralph Firman set the third and sixth fastest times respectively.

Jarno Trulli set the pace throughout for Renault, with team-mate Fernando Alonso finishing the session only two-tenths of a second slower in fourth place.

Mark Webber was also quick for Jaguar, setting second fastest time despite some moments as he pushed on. Team-mate Antonio Pizzonia was only eighth fastest after some initial mechanical adjustments lost him track time.

Allan McNish was fifth fastest for Renault, the only team at this stage to run one of its test drivers as well as its two race drivers, and ran a different programme to Trulli and Alonso.

Renault technical director Mike Gascoyne said: "The testing confirmed our expectations and endorsed our decision to participate. We're happy with what we achieved."

Eddie Jordan said: "For us, Friday morning testing is definitely the right thing, absolutely. It certainly helped Ralph. It allowed him to go into Friday's official practice session without feeling daunted and gave him a valuable chance to learn the circuit before the whole field went out.

"It's early days for us, but so far I can't see any downside in doing this."