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Private test session review - Renault lead 22 Aug 2003

Gianmaria Bruni (ITA) Minardi Cosworth PS03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd13, Hungarian Grand Prix, Hungaroring, Hungary, 22 August 2003

Renault set the three fastest times in this morning's private test session here at the Hungaroring.

Spaniard Fernando Alonso was the quickest man overall, with a best lap of 1m 22.230s, edging out Allan McNish (1m 22.855s) and Jarno Trulli (1m 23.092s). The Anglo-French cars ran without drama, each covering more than 40 laps.

The Jaguar duo of Mark Webber and Justin Wilson was next, the Australian recording 1m 23.748s, the Englishman 1m 24.209s. Both also ran reliably, but Webber had to be pushed back to his pit for attention when his engine stalled at the end of the pit lane at one stage.

Jos Verstappen was sixth fastest for Minardi, the Dutchman working down to 1m 25.321s, while the Jordan team ran into trouble. Giancarlo Fisichella had posted a lap of 1m 27.399s after only seven tours, but then stopped with a broken engine in his Jordan and naturally took no further part in the session. Meanwhile, team mate Ralph Firman worked on learning the circuit as new test signing, F3000 racer Zsolt Baumgartner, had his first proper Formula One run on his home circuit after a brief demonstration run in an EJ11 here this time last year. Baumgartner lapped in 1m 26.006s, Firman in 1m 26.600s for seventh and ninth places respectively. They were separated by Nicolas Kiesa, who achieved 1m 26.25s in his Minardi before the engine broke with eight minutes to go.

Italian F3 racer Gianmaria 'Jimmy' Bruni also had a run for Minardi, covering 30 laps with a best time of 1m 27.036s.

The track was extremely dirty for much of the session, necessitating some tiptoe driving, and as several drivers slid wide both Baumgartner and Kiesa spun. Overall, however, the revisions to the first and 12th corners were well received.