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Jerez Day Two - Williams stay ahead 14 Oct 2004

Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) Williams BMW FW26 leaves the garage.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, 11 September 2004

Antonio Pizzonia again led the way in the second day of testing at Jerez on Wednesday, as six of the Formula One teams continued their preparations for the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix.

Pizzonia was almost a second quicker than fellow Brazilian Ricardo Zonta, after putting in over 100 laps of the Spanish circuit, working primarily on brakes and tyres on the FW26.

Zonta, due to race in what could be his last Grand Prix at Interlagos next weekend, carried on with Toyota’s programme, along with another of the Japanese team’s Drivers Academy members, Katsuyuki Hiranaka.

Hiranaka, like fellow Academy member Franck Perera who tested for the team on Tuesday, has been competing in the Formula Three Euroseries this year. The Japanese driver finished the day at the foot of the timesheets after his Formula One debut of just over 50 laps.

The Renaults of Franck Montagny and Jacques Villeneuve were third and fifth fastest, Villeneuve taking over from Heikki Kovalainen, with McLaren’s Alexander Wurz and Pedro de la Rosa fourth and sixth respectively.

Enrique Bernoldi was again BAR’s sole representative, completing a massive 135 laps of set-up and tyre work on his way to seventh spot, just ahead of Jaguar’s lone runner, Swedish third driver Bjorn Wirdheim.

Testing was again run in near perfect conditions. The Jerez session is due to conclude on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.478
2. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.401
3. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:17.473
4. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.647
5. Jacques Villeneuve, Renault (Michelin), 1:17.722
6. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.727
7. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:19.406
8. Bjorn Wirdheim, Jaguar (Michelin), 1:19.722
8. Katsuyuki Hiranaka, Toyota (Michelin), 1:20.866