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Wurz Fastest on Final Day of Jerez Testing

Friday May 12th, 2000

Benetton's Alexander Wurz was fastest at the third and final day of testing at Jerez yesterday.

Wurz was joined by German F3 Championship driver Giorgio Pantano, who made significant progress in the morning before spinning off, causing minor chassis damage, ending his test.

Jordan driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fifth fastest, completing 62 laps. Frentzen concentrated on suspension set up and brake evaluation, but his testing was cut short when an engine failed late in the day.

de la Rosa continued testing various brake and mechanical set-up items. Arrows were pleased with the information they acquired over the course of the three days. The test car was used several times, with enough laps being covered in it to help the team better understand reliability problems.

Yesterday's times:

Pos  Driver        Team                  Time    
 1.  Wurz          Benetton-Playlife     1:24.44  
 2.  Panis         McLaren-Mercedes      1:24.77  
 3.  R.Schumacher  Williams-BMW          1:25.08
 4.  Panis         McLaren-Mercedes '99  1:25.31  
 5.  Frentzen      Jordan-Mugen Honda    1:25.31   
 6.  Villeneuve    BAR-Honda             1:25.37  
 7.  Herbert       Jaguar-Cosworth       1:25.40  
 8.  Diniz         Sauber-Petronas       1:25.40  
 9.  Irvine        Jaguar-Cosworth       1:25.59  
10.  Button        Williams-BMW          1:26.03  
11.  De La Rosa    Arrows-Supertec       1:26.40  
12.  Pantano       Benetton-Playlife     1:26.92  
13.  Manning       BAR-Honda             1:26.95

The 2000 fastest testing time is 1:23.241 (E. Irvine)
The 1999 fastest testing time is 1:24.276 (R. Schumacher)

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