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Fisichella Again Fastest at Silverstone - Second Day

Thursday March 30th, 2000

Benetton's Giancarlo Fisichella was again fastest, on the second day of testing at Silverstone where eight teams are currently running testing before the San Marino Grand Prix.

The morning session was again marred by rain, and it was also the time when Johnny Herbert (Jaguar), Ricardo Zonta (BAR) and Jarno Trulli (Prost) set their best times. But When the clouds drifted away from the circuit in the afternoon, Fisichella was able to set the quickest time of the day with a 1:27.47.

Jacques Villeneuve (BAR) was second fastest, ahead of Olivier Panis (McLaren), Eddie Irvine (Jaguar), Jean Alesi (Prost) and Jos Verstappen (Arrows).

Mika Salo, who was testing the Sauber for the first time since the team withdrew from the Brazilian Grand Prix, was seventh. Meanwhile, Williams driver Ralf Schumacher, failed to complete a timed lap due to various problems the team encountered.

Testing continues today at Silverstone.

Yesterday's times:

Pos  Driver         Team                Time   
 1.  Fisichella     Benetton-Playlife   1:27.47
 2.  Villeneuve     BAR-Honda           1:27.61
 3.  Panis          McLaren-Mercedes    1:28.59
 4.  Alesi          Prost-Peugeot       1:28.93
 5.  Irvine         Jaguar-Cosworth     1:28.94
 6.  Verstappen     Arrows-Supertec     1:29.25
 7.  Salo           Sauber-Petronas     1:29.44
 8.  Herbert        Jaguar-Cosworth     1:37.97
 9.  Zonta          BAR-Honda           1:38.39
10.  Trulli         Jordan-Mugen Honda  1:39.76
11.  R.Schumacher   Williams-BMW        No time

The 2000 fastest testing time is 1:24.84 (O. Panis)
The 1999 fastest testing time is 1:25.670 (G. Fisichella)

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