Private test: Renault tops the charts

Renault dominated the Friday morning test session at Hockenheim with Jarno Trulli setting the fastest time just ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso and test driver Allan McNish

Private test: Renault tops the charts

Renault's run of fastest laps started 75 minutes into the session when McNish did a 1m16.432s, which he later improved to 1m16.304s. Alonso topped that 15 minutes later with a 1m16.190s and he held the top spot until nine minutes from the session's end, when Trulli banged in a 1m16.074s.

It was an unusually busy session, with all but one of the four testing teams running three cars. Zsolt Baumgartner tested alongside Jordan's race drivers for the first time, Minardi's new test driver Gianmaria Bruni had his first race weekend outing, Justin Wilson was beginning his first race weekend after switching to Jaguar and his replacement at Minardi was Nicolas Kiesa.

Jordan got off to a bad start. Baumgartner had a problem early on and shortly afterwards Ralph Firman and Giancarlo Fisichella spun. By session's end Fisichella was fifth of the 11 runners, just ahead of team-mate Firman. Baumgartner came in ninth, having done 44 laps, more than either of the race drivers.

In the Jaguar, Webber ended up fourth, 0.813s behind Trulli. Wilson was a further 0.855s down the field in seventh.

As for Minardi, Jos Verstappen's 1m18.518s put him in eighth, ahead of Baumgartner. Kiesa was 10th, having had a lesson in kerb avoidance when he broke his front wing at the end of the session, and Bruni 11th.

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