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Silverstone Day 1 - Pizzonia ahead 28 Apr 2004

Antonio Pizzonia (BRA) Williams Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Imola, Italy, 24 April 2004

Williams' Antonio Pizzonia topped the timesheets on Silverstone on Tuesday in just one of several test sessions that got underway across Europe ahead of the forthcoming Spanish Grand Prix.

Pizzonia outpaced fellow Williams tester Marc Gene as he completed around 100 laps of the British circuit in the FW26. Just a tenth of a second behind Gene was the Renault R24 of Jarno Trulli. The Italian, along with tester Franck Montagny, tested a variety of new aerodynamic developments, as well as working on tyres and the ride of the car.

"A productive first day for us here in Silverstone,” reported Renault’s Chief Test Engineer, Christian Silk. “The expected bad weather did not materialise, and we were able to complete our programmes with both cars. The aerodynamic work provided some interesting results for analysis and, in spite of several small niggles, the cars' reliability was faultless. The forecast is not promising for tomorrow either, but we hope for dry conditions in order to continue making progress."

McLaren began their Silverstone test with Alexander Wurz and David Coulthard at the wheel of the MP4-19. The pair put in around 90 laps between them and finished fourth and fifth in the times respectively, separated by less than a tenth of a second.

Testing continues at Silverstone on Wednesday.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Silverstone:
1. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:18.275
2. Marc Gene, Williams, (Michelin), 1:18.615
3. Jarno Trulli, Renault, (Michelin), 1:18.724
4. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.341
5. David Coulthard, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.405
6. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:19.719