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Testing update - Alonso sets Spanish pace 19 Jun 2003

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R23 
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 8 March 2003

Testing continued on Wednesday in preparation for the forthcoming European Grand Prix, with Rubens Barrichello leading the way at Silverstone and Fernando Alonso topping the timesheets in Jerez.

Ferrari again had three cars on track at the British circuit, which Barrichello lapped in a best time of 1m 20.72s. Both the Brazilian and Michael Schumacher (3rd, 1m 21.43s) worked on set-up and tyre development in F2003-GAs, while Felipe Massa (7th, 1m 22.27s) focussed exclusively on tyres in an F2002.

Closest to Barrichello in the times was Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia (1m 21.28s), as he continued the team's three-day programme. The Brazilian hands over to Mark Webber on Thursday.

Nick Heidfeld (1m 21.53s) was fourth-fastest, as Sauber worked on aerodynamic and suspension developments, ahead of the Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya (1m 21.66s), who completed several long runs.

Jenson Button went sixth quickest (1m 22.04s) for BAR in his first test since his Monaco accident, while team mate Jacques Villeneuve completed the Silverstone timesheets in eighth (1m 22.67s) after encountering technical problems.

At Jerez, Fernando Alonso led the way in his first of two days of testing for Renault. The Spaniard set a best time of 1m 20.42s as he completed over 100 laps working on tyre development and general set-up.

Cristiano da Matta was second fastest for Toyota (1m 20.65s), ahead of the new McLaren of Kimi Raikkonen (1m 20.67s) and the Williams of Marc Gene (1m 21.16s). David Coulthard completed the line up in the current McLaren (1m 21.17s).

All times are unofficial.