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Alesi Dominates Second Day of Testing at Estoril

Thursday February 8th, 2001

Jos Verstappen, today at EstorilFrenchman Jean Alesi continued his impressive form during the pre-season by setting the fastest time on the second day of testing at the Estoril circuit in Portugal, where he was nearly 1.5 seconds faster than anyone else.

The day started dry but it soon began to rain, and at the wheel of the new Ferrari-powered, Michelin-shod, Prost AP04, the veteran driver completed a total of 31 laps to finish the session ahead of newcomer Enrique Bernoldi.

The Brazilian was the fastest of the Arrows drivers yet again, at the wheel of the old A21 chassis. Bernoldi was able to complete a massive 84 laps, finishing ahead of Benetton's test driver Mark Webber, who was more than two seconds slower than Alesi driving the 2000-spec B200.

The Benetton team struggled, with Jenson Button unable to test due to a stomach bug and Giancarlo Fisichella suffering an engine problem that necessitated a test-ending engine change.

Meanwhile Dutch Jos Verstappen set the slowest time today after a hydraulic failure allowed him to complete only fourteen laps driving the Arrows A22.

Today's times:

Pos  Driver        Team-Engine         Tyres  Time   
 1.  Alesi         Prost-Ferrari       (M)    1:19.606
 2.  Bernoldi      Arrows-Asiatech     (B)    1:21.070
 3.  Webber        Benetton-Renault    (M)    1:21.930
 4.  Fisichella    Benetton-Renault    (M)    1:23.060
 5.  Verstappen    Arrows-Asiatech     (B)    1:23.180

All Timing Unofficial



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