Private test: Trulli quickest

Jarno Trulli put in a late charge to set the fastest time in the Friday test session at the European Grand Prix, displacing team-mate Fernando Alonso from the head of the timesheets with just five minutes of the session remaining

Private test: Trulli quickest

A stunning lap had netted Spaniard Alonso the fastest time with under ten minutes of the test left to go, but his moment of glory was ended by his Italian team-mate just minutes later. The Italian also claimed the honour of running the most laps in the test, completing 48 tours of the Nurburgring track.

The Renault duo were comfortably ahead of their nearest rival, Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia. The Brazilian was another who set his fastest time right at the end of the session, although his time was 0.880s adrift of Trulli's.

Jaguar's Mark Webber had looked secure at the head of the times for much of the session, only have his best time beaten by four drivers in the final minutes. As well as the Renault duo and Pizzonia, Briton Ralph Firman put in an excellent lap in the session's dying moments to move ahead of the Australian into fourth, a massive 1.560s faster than his experienced Jordan team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.

Allan McNish was sixth in the third Renault, but he had a somewhat disjointed session, only managing to complete 30 laps. The Briton set the third fastest time as the test approached the halfway mark, only to stop on the very next lap when his car suffered a throttle problem. However, McNish was able to complete his tyre testing programme in Renault's spare car.

Jos Verstappen and Justin Wilson propped up the session in their Minardi, with the Dutchman only 0.278s slower than Fisichella.

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