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Silverstone day two - more snow 23 Feb 2005

Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R25 has testing cut short by snow. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 22 February 2005. World © Bumstead/Sutton

The week’s second day of testing at Silverstone began with a covering of snow on the British Grand Prix circuit. However, conditions improved throughout the morning, allowing the teams to complete some very limited running prior to further snow showers later in the afternoon.

At Renault Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella were able to conduct pit-stop practice work with the race team, while test driver Franck Montagny shook down a brand new R25 chassis prior to its departure for Melbourne.

“We continued preparations for the winter Olympics during the morning at Silverstone, although the progressive improvement in conditions somewhat hampered our programme,” joked chief testing engineer Christian Silk.

“However, on a more positive note, this did enable us to shake down the latest chassis for Melbourne, and to complete ‘live’ pit-stop practice with the drivers and race team during the early part of the afternoon. Our test will conclude tomorrow: hopefully, we will see some better weather and warmer temperatures to enable Franck to do some useful running.”

McLaren chose to halt their Valencia programme so that Kimi Raikkonen could shake down the MP4-20 he will use in Melbourne, the same chassis, now repaired, that he crashed heavily in Barcelona last week.

Jordan also completed limited running with Tiago Monteiro in the EJ15. Testing, conditions permitting, will continue at Silverstone on Wednesday.