Private test session review - Monaco 29 May 2003
Jarno Trulli topped the timesheets in the all-important two-hour private practice session here in Monte Carlo this morning, even though he parked his Renault at the Grand Hotel hairpin after crashing and damaging the right front suspension.
The session allowed the four teams who signed up at the beginning of the season 120 minutes of extra running, and those who kept running made the most of it. Trulli nonetheless covered 35 laps, but the longest distance runner was team mate Allan McNish, fourth quickest on 1m 18.438s after covering 51 laps.
Ralph Firman covered 50, setting sixth-fastest time of 1m 18.714s while learning the circuit in his Jordan. Team mate Giancarlo Fisichella was second overall on 1m 17.569s, in 44 laps.
It was not a great start for Jaguar, even though Mark Webber was third quickest in 1m 18.420s. The Australian's car stopped at Ste Devote after 36 laps with mechanical trouble. Team-mate Antonio Pizzonia was also had his share of drama, hitting the barrier at Massenet after his 43 laps had yielded a best time of 1m 19.521s. The Jaguar wasn't badly damaged, and was craned away for repairs.
Fernando Alonso was a little subdued as he set fifth-fastest time of 1m 18.600s in 29 laps, missing the chicane on one of them. He was also delayed by a puncture.
At the back, Justin Wilson made best use of his F3000 experience of the track to pip Minardi team mate Jos Verstappen for eighth position. The Englishman recorded a best of 1m 19.923s to the Dutchman's 1m 19.978s; Wilson covered 40 laps, Verstappen 30.