BMW WilliamsF1 driver Ralf Schumacher set the pace again today [Wednesday], at Jerez.

Ralf completed over 100 laps in total, his best a 1 minute 17.747 seconds, around three tenths off his best time from yesterday.

Ten drivers were in action today though, as BAR, Ferrari and Jordan joined the Williams team at the Spanish circuit. Jenson Button was second quickest for BAR-Honda, with Williams third driver, Marc Gene next up, and Takuma Sato fourth in the sister BAR.

Ferrari duo Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa were fifth and sixth, while Luciano Burti was eighth in the third F2003-GA. The day's technical programme for the Scuderia centred on tyre, electronics and engine testing, the same as was conducted last week at Barcelona.

Nico Rosberg meanwhile had his second run in an F1 car with Williams, he was seventh overall, his best a 1m 19.492s.

Jordan's Nick Heidfeld and Jarek Janis were the only other two runners on track, both using the day to embark on a familiarisation programme with the Ford powered EJ13.

"It was a nice day, my first time in a Formula One car after a few weeks and my first day with the Jordan team," commented Heidfeld, "I was quite happy with how the test worked, although we had a problem with the gearbox, a lot of red flags and unfortunately some rain in the afternoon."

Testing continues tomorrow [Thursday].

Leading times (3 December) - Jerez:

1. Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1m 17.747s 105 laps M
2. Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1m 18.327s 61 laps M
3. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 18.579s 48 laps M
4. Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 1m 18.761s 75 laps M
5. Luca Badoer Ferrari 1m 18.858s 76 laps B
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m 19.084s 63 laps B
7. Nico Rosberg Williams 1m 19.492s 61 laps M
8. Luciano Burti Ferrari 1m 19.660s 48 laps B
9. Nick Heidfeld Jordan-Ford 1m 19.997s 35 laps B
10. Jarek Janis Jordan-Ford 1m 21.935s 61 laps B

M - denotes Michelin tyres
B - denotes Bridgestone tyres

Weather / track conditions: Sunny, then rain in the afternoon

 

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