Silverstone, day 3: Frentzen crashes

Heinz-Harald Frentzen's first test for Sauber ended with the German setting the fastest time of the day but also in the Silverstone medical centre for a precautionary check up

Silverstone, day 3: Frentzen crashes

The German had just lapped at 1m21.648s, within two tenths of Nick Heidfeld's best from the previous day, when he went off at high speed at the exit of Stowe. It is thought the crash may have occurred as a result of hitting one of Silverstone's wildlife inhabitants, but fortunately Frentzen was OK, and the damage to the car was superficial.

The team has yet to confirm if Frentzen will replace Felipe Massa in next weekend's US GP.

Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella was next up in the times, the Italian lapping just 0.2s slower than the Sauber returnee. The busiest man of the day was Renault's official test driver Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard did a tyre test programme for the season finale at Suzuka and racked up a mammoth 107 laps of Silverstone in the process. Stand-in tester Oliver Gavin did a mere 24 laps in comparison as he worked through a 2003 electronic development programme.

"Another good day to round off a productive week," said the team's technical director Mike Gascoyne. "Both drivers did useful work both for the final two races and next season."


Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber B 1m21.648s
Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda B 1m21.890s
Fernando Alonso Renault M 1m23.249s 107
Oliver Gavin Renault 1m24.781s 24

M = Michelin
B = Bridgestone

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