Private test session review 27 Jun 2003
In a relatively quiet private testing session at the Nurburgring, Renault ended up on top with Jarno Trulli narrowly shading team mate Fernando Alonso. The Italian lapped in 1m 32.085s, the Spaniard in 1m 32.311s. Both reported favourably on a new engine specification, but said their cars were poorly balanced.
The only other driver to get close to them was Antonio Pizzonia, who took his Jaguar R4 round in 1m 32.965s. His team mate Mark Webber had been fastest most of the time, with his lap of 1m 33.475s, but in the end he only improved that slightly, to 1m 33.174s, to take fifth place.
The Jaguars were separated by an on-form Ralph Firman, who achieved a solid 1m 33.019s for Jordan, and was delighted with his performance. By contrast, his partner, Giancarlo Fisichella, managed only 1m 34.579s for seventh place.
Allan McNish ran right behind his Renault team mates initially, but stopped out on the track with a throttle problem and lost time before he could be slotted into the spare R23. Subsequently he clocked 1m 33.935s for sixth fastest time.
There has not yet been any chance for Minardi owner Paul Stoddart to test some of the cars and components that he recently acquired from the Arrows auction, so his brace of PS03s ran in their usual trim, Jos Verstappen posting a best of 1m 34.857s in his 100th Grand Prix meeting, and Justin Wilson 1m 35.455s.