Jerez day 2: Fernando flies

Fernando Alonso completed over 100 laps of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain today (Wednesday), including one that made him the quickest driver running during the session

Jerez day 2: Fernando flies

The Spaniard worked on a split programme of tyre evaluation and mechanical set-up work, and also ran several development items for the 2004 season, and outpaced his nearest rival by 0.223s.

"A very, very productive first day of testing," said technical director Mike Gascoyne. "We had a trouble-free session, and Fernando's lap-times look very competitive."

Cristiano da Matta was second fastest for Toyota, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who completed 21 laps in the sole surviving MP4-18A.

Marc Gene was third fastest for Williams, with David Coulthard propping up the timesheets in an MP4-17D.

Fernando Alonso Renault M 1m20.425s 103
Cristiano da Matta Toyota M 1m20.648s
Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes M 1m20.672s 21*
Marc Gene Williams-BMW M 1m21.157s 59
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes M 1m21.171s 80*

* Raikkonen in MP4-18A, Coulthard in MP4-17D
M = Michelin

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