Private test session review - Trulli tops 01 Aug 2003
When the dust finally settled after two hours of private testing at Hockenheim this morning, Renault had all three of its cars at the top of the timesheets - in numerical order.
Jarno Trulli, sporting a new chromed crash helmet, led the way with 1m 16.074s, with Fernando Alonso (1m 16.190s) and Allan McNish (who had earlier been fastest with 1m 16.304s) right behind him. None of them had any problems during the course of the session, and reported favourably on the progress they had made.
In their wake, Mark Webber was half a second adrift of McNish on 1m 16.887s for Jaguar Racing, getting into the groove quickly. New team mate Justin Wilson was initially fastest, but did not better 1m 17.742s for seventh place as he learned the car and its systems and spent his time working on set-up.
They were separated by the two fastest Jordan drivers. Giancarlo Fisichella had a spin in Turn 9 on his way to fifth fastest time of 1m 16.983s, while Ralph Firman also had a spin, going into the stadium, but later posted 1m 17.518s for sixth best time.
Their temporary team mate Zsolt Baumgartner was ninth, doing a reasonable job to record 1m 18.912s. The Hungarian stopped in the pit lane entry after a handful of laps with an electrical problem, and stopped after the chequered flag when his car suffered hydraulic failure, which the team felt might have been associated with water pressure loss which showed up on the telemetry.
Minardi also had three cars out. Jos Verstappen was the fastest, with eighth place on 1m 18.518s, while his new team mate Nick Kiesa learned the ropes and finished his morning with a best of 1m 19.413s, just quicker than test driver Gianmaria Bruni, who lapped in 1m 19.865s.