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Private test session review - Renault ahead 12 Sep 2003

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd9, European Grand Prix, Nurburgring, Germany, 27 June 2003

Once again Renault set the three fastest times in this morning's private practice here at Monza. This time it was Jarno Trulli's turn, and using the new Michelin front tyres the Italian set the fastest time of 1m 22.083s. Hungarian Grand Prix winner Fernando Alonso was half a second slower on 1m 22.507s, with Allan McNish right in his wheel tracks with 1m 22.533s. The team's sole problem came when Alonso spun without hitting anything.

Mark Webber and Justin Wilson were close together at Jaguar, the Australian leading the way on 1m 23.191s and the Englishman chasing him hard on 1m 23.541s. "Last week gave me my first real chance to test the R4 since I joined the team for Hockenheim," Wilson said, "and as a result I felt much happier with the car and my own performance."

Jos Verstappen did a great job to lap his Minardi PS03 in 1m 23.999s, which left him sixth fastest overall ahead of the Jordan of Giancarlo Fisichella. The Italian's best was 1m 24.026s.

Behind him, the Minardis of Gianmaria Bruni and Nicolas Kiesa sandwiched the Jordan of Zsolt Baumgartner, who is again deputising for Ralph Firman this weekend (see Friday preview).

The session was drama-free, and though the track was quite dusty and leafy throughout the two-hour session, it continuously got faster as time progressed.

Click here for the test results in full.