Williams and Toyota moved towards the end of their respective preparations for the season-ending Japanese Grand Prix after another day of mixed conditions in southern Spain.

At the end of a week that at least allowed both teams to experiment with Michelin's wet weather compounds and designs, Williams and BMW maintained its 100 per cent record at the head of the times, with returnee Antonio Pizzonia getting the better of regular test driver Marc Gene - and obliterating Ralf Schumacher's previous best time of the test.

The Brazilian, dumped by Jaguar after the British Grand Prix, was invited back into the Williams fold for a one-off outing in the FW25, and responded by setting a best time of 1min 18.813secs while assessing various set-up options for the Japanese race. Having been unfamiliar with this season's car due to his winter signing by Jaguar last year, Pizzonia took some time to play himself back in but, once familiar with his new surroundings, set about dismantling Schumacher's target.

With further damp conditions in the morning, and persistent showers interrupting an otherwise fine afternoon, Gene completed a race distance as well as doing some long stints on track testing tyres and set-up for Suzuka. The Spaniard completed a mammoth 123 laps, with a best time of 1min 19.322secs - his best of the week.

Williams continues testing tomorrow [Saturday].

The two white-and-blue cars were joined once again by a single Toyota, this time with Ricardo Zonta at the wheel in place of Ryan Briscoe. The Brazilian began the team's final day by evaluating the data collected by his Australian team-mate over the previous three days, before setting out to refine the set-up and tyre choices for Suzuka.

Leading times (3 October) - Jerez:

Antonio Pizzonia Williams-BMW 1min 18.813secs 88 laps Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1min 19.322secs 123 laps Ricardo Zonta Toyota-Toyota 1min 19.364secs 112 laps

[all cars on Michelin tyres]

Weather / track conditions: Damp then drying; showers

 

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