Alonso Tops the Morning Testing at Jerez - Day 3

What was that all about Renault R29 not keeping the pace with its 2009 contenders? Fernando Alonso sure made a clear statement in that direction earlier this morning, as he took his 2009-spec Renault all the way to the top of the timing sheets in the first part of today's testing at Jerez.

The Spaniard took over from teammate Nelsinho Piquet for today's testing, as the Brazilian driver scored the poorest time on both Sunday and Monday (rainy) sessions. Although the car underwent some reliability problems during the first 2 days of testing, Alonso mastered it perfectly during the first part of the Tuesday meeting, setting the best time of 1:21.151 throughout an overall mileage of 55 laps.

Second overall was none other than semi-injured Red Bull Racing driver Mark Webber, who did great on his second test with the RB5 and finished almost 0.4 seconds behind Alonso. Completing the overall podium was yesterday's top tester Timo Glock, on his second run with the TF109. The German was also the driver with the most mileage by lunchtime, an overall 82 laps.

Williams' Nico Rosberg finished the morning session at the middle of the time charts – as in the previous 2 days – being the 4th and last driver to take his lunch break within one second from 1st placed Alonso.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen took over from Felipe Massa earlier today – focusing on testing the 2010 Bridgestone tires – and set the 5th best time of the morning session, while Robert Kubica (BMW) and Heikki Kovalainen (McLaren) completed the pack.

Testing will resume after short lunch break. Until then, here are the morning results.

Alonso (Renault) 1:21.151
Webber (Red Bull) 1:21.545
Glock (Toyota) 1:21.652
Rosberg (Williams) 1:21.991
Raikkonen(Ferrari) 1:22.905
Kubica (BMW) 1:22.908
Kovalainen (McLaren) 1:23.726
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