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Private test review - Renaults tight at the top 26 Sep 2003

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Renault.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, United States Grand Prix, Preparations, Indianapolis, USA, 25 September 2003

There's close, and then there's super-close. After this morning's private test here at Indianapolis Jarno Trulli shaded Renault team mate Fernando Alonso by just one thousandth of a second.

The Italian's morning got off to a bad start when he slid off the road briefly in Turn 1 early on, before the session was briefly red-flagged to retrieve debris, and after third team mate Allan McNish had set the initial pace Trulli took over to post a best of 1m 10.986s. Alonso was right behind with a 1m 10.987s, and McNish was third with 1m 11.253s, making it another clean sweep for Renault.

Behind them came the two Jaguars. Mark Webber survived a brief off-track moment towards the end to record fourth-best time of 1m 11.586s, and Justin Wilson was happier than he has been of late with his fifth fastest 1m 12.142s.

Giancarlo Fisichella was the fastest of three Jordan drivers, but sat out much of the first half of the session after his car developed an oil leak. Once he got going he carved down to 1m 12.263s. Team mate Ralph Firman is feeling fit to race this weekend, and demonstrated the fact with seventh fastest time of 1m 12.762s. Bjorn Wirdheim, in the third EJ13, was 11th and last on 1m 13.678s as he learned more about Formula One driving.

Gianmaria Bruni sprung something of a surprise with eighth best time of 1m 13.129s for Minardi. He was the team's fastest runner all morning and just edged out Jos Verstappen. The Dutchman managed 1m 13.196s. Nicolas Kiesa's best was 1m 13.655s.

There were few incidents. Bruni had two off-track moments, while Kiesa and Wirdheim had one apiece. At the end of the session Verstappen's Minardi stopped at the end of the pit lane with a mechanical problem.

Click here for the test results in full.