Jerez day 1: Da Matta fastest

Cristiano da Matta continued to demonstrate the impressive performance of this year's Toyota car by topping the timesheets on the first day of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain today (Wednesday)

Jerez day 1: Da Matta fastest

The Brazilian concentrated on familiarising himself further with the TF103, after spending most of the winter testing period in Toyota's 2002 car. He also conducted some tyre evaluation work for the Malaysian Grand Prix, aided by high temperatures at the Spanish circuit.

McLaren test driver Alex Wurz was second quickest, 0.638s slower than da Matta. Driving a 2002-spec car, the Austrian completed evaluation work on several parts for the team's radical new challenger. The team could run its 2003 car for the first time in testing at Barcelona in the week after the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Marc Gene was third fastest for Williams in the teams 2003 car. He focussed on brake development and car set-up. The team plans to run a race simulation tomorrow.

Pedro de la Rosa was fourth in his first run for the McLaren team. "I am just learning the car and getting the 'rust' off myself," he told autosport.com. "It is completely different to what I used to know, it is very competitive!"

Cristiano da Matta Toyota M 1m19.647s 67
Alex Wurz McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.285s 32*
Marc Gene Williams-BMW M 1m20.385s 64
Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.561s 61
Takuma Sato BAR-Honda B 1m21.708s 74

B = Bridgestone
M = Michelin
* denotes 2002 car

Felipe Massa was in action for Ferrari at the team's Fiorano test track today. The Brazilian completed 143 laps in a 2002-spec car, setting a best time of 57.782s.

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