Fernando Alonso has been the slowest of the morning s runners at the Jerez circuit. The Spaniard, who has taken over today from Nelson Piquet Jr for the testing of the new R29, managed 44 laps with a best time of 1.21.307, some two seconds off Sebastien Bourdais fastest time.
Bourdais tested this morning in the 2008 Toro Rosso, and his resulting times are therefore misleading. But Alonso will not be happy to be behind Kazuki Nakajima in the Williams, Sebastian Vettel in the Red Bull and his erstwhile team-mate Lewis Hamilton who, despite posting fewer laps than the Spaniard, all managed faster times.
The times to 12.00 local time were as follows:
Bourdais 1.19.187 48 laps
Hamilton 1.20.737 25 laps
Vettel 1.20.738 20 laps
Nakajima 1.20.898 31 laps
Alonso 1.21.307 44 laps