McLaren-Mercedes driver Pedro de la Rosa was quickest today [Wednesday] at Jerez, as the teams present finally managed to get in some dry running.

The Spaniard completed 72 laps in total in the new 2004 McLaren - the MP4-19, his best a 1 minute 17.153 seconds.

Fernando Alonso was next up in second, the only other driver to break the 1m 17s barrier, while Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top three.

Ferrari duo Luca Baoder and Rubens Barrichello were fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching the BAR of Jenson Button. The Scuderia completed 134 laps, focusing on tyre and engine testing.

Mark Webber meanwhile was seventh, the #1 Jaguar driver, eight tenths up on his new team-mate, Christian Klien, who was eleventh, while Alexander Wurz came in eighth, running in the MP4-17D.

Toyota's Olivier Panis and Williams 'third driver' Marc Gene completed the top ten.

In total 16 cars were on track - Satoshi Motoyama, Felipe Massa, Bjorn Wirdheim, Cristiano da Matta and Franck Montagny filling spots 12 to 16.

Testing continues at Jerez tomorrow [Thursday].

Leading times (10 December) - Jerez:

1. Pedro de la Rosa McLaren-Mercedes 1m 17.153s 72 laps M
2. Fernando Alonso Renault-Renault 1m 17.837s 94 laps M
3. Juan Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 18.198s 73 laps M
4. Luca Badoer Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 18.511s 72 laps B
5. Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1m 18.538s 90 laps M
6. Rubens Barrichello Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 19.015s 62 laps B
7. Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 19.046s 82 laps M
8. Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 19.462s 42 laps M
9. Olivier Panis Toyota-Toyota 1m 19.587s 53 laps M
10. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 19.626s 103 laps M
11. Christian Klien Jaguar-Cosworth 1m 19.811s 89 laps M
12. Satoshi Motoyama Renault-Renault 1m 19.996s 67 laps M
13. Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1m 21.143s 85 laps B
14. Bjorn Wirdheim BAR-Honda 1m 21.313s 77 laps
15. Cristiano da Matta Toyota-Toyota 1m 21.478s 28 laps M
16. Franck Montagny Renault-Renault 1m 27.541s 6 laps M

M - denotes Michelin tyres
B - denotes Bridgestone tyres

Weather / track conditions: Sunny.

 

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