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Private test session review 13 Jun 2003

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R23.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 13 June 2003

A dusty track created a number of incidents in private testing in Montreal this morning, with Renault and Jaguar stars Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli, and Mark Webber and Antonio Pizzonia all having off-track moments.

That did not stop Alonso from punching in a best time of 1m 15.483s late in the session to finish fastest, while Pizzonia boosted his reputation with second place on 1m 16.253s. That was just sufficient to beat team mate Webber, who slid wide existing the final corner and walloped the wall, to the detriment of his right rear suspension. The Australian later also spun, but came back for a 1m 16.469s best which just edged out Trulli's 1m 16.629s.

Though he was running a different programme, while conducting tests for Renault, third driver Allan McNish was close within range with a fifth-fastest best of 1m 16.726s.

Once again the Jordan drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Ralf Firman were closely matched, as they were in testing at Silverstone last week, on 1m 17.156s and 1m 17.426s respectively. The session marked Firman's first experience of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

At the back, the Minardis of Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson were separated by a bigger gap than usual as the Dutchman used his experience of the track to lap in 1m 17.852s. The Englishman's best was 1m 18.495s as he learned the circuit.