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Jerez day two - Ralf takes charge 30 Sep 2004

Ralf Schumacher (GER) Williams BMW FW26.
Formula One World Championship, Rd8, Qualifying Day, Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal, Canada, 12 June 2004

Williams’ Ralf Schumacher moved to the top of the timesheets at Jerez on Wednesday as testing continued ahead of the final two Grands Prix of the 2004 season in Japan and Brazil.

Schumacher went a tenth of a second quicker than the McLaren of Alexander Wurz as he carried out 80 laps of chassis and tyre development. Team mate Marc Gene was seventh fastest, the Spaniard focussing on tyres and traction control work.

Renault again had tester Franck Montagny and Finnish star Heikki Kovalainen in action, the duo going fourth and fifth behind Anthony Davidson in the BAR.

Davidson put in almost 100 laps of the Spanish circuit, concentrating on a tyre, aero and suspension programme. He was again joined by Enrique Bernoldi, who finished ninth. The Brazilian’s day included tyre work and practice starts.

Jarno Trulli was eighth fastest for Toyota. The Italian had a lucky escape when the rear wing came away from his car at speed, but he managed to bring it to a halt without incident.

Ferrari’s Luca Badoer, who finished bottom of the times, also had an off, but was able to continue, going on to complete 94 laps of tyre and new component testing. He hands over to Michael Schumacher on Thursday.

The world champions were also testing again at Fiorano, where Andrea Bertolini continued work on electronics development. He put in 105 laps (39 on the track’s shorter layout), with a best time of 57.451s.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Jerez:
1. Ralf Schumacher, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.831
2. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:16.910
3. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:16.921
4. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:16.929
5. Heikki Kovalainen, Renault (Michelin), 1:16.960
6. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.201
7. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:17.210
8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.350
9. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:17.633
10. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:19.375