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Fri, 13 February, 2009Alonso tops the 09 times at midday in Jerez (+times)

Testing continued in Jerez today for the final time this week, with five teams again on-track. By the end of the morning session, Renault's Fernando Alonso had set the benchmark time for the 2009 cars, with a 1m20.125s, while Sébastien Bourdais continued to top the overall timesheets, setting a 1m17.472s in the 2008-spec machine.

It was a third consecutive day of perfect weather conditions in southern Spain, allowing teams to complete decent milage. Reliability of the cars was also impressive, with no red flag periods to suspend the action.

Bottom of the timesheets without setting a time was Williams' Kazuki Nakajima, who spent the morning practicing pitstops with his team. He is due to had over to Nico Rosberg for the afternoon, who will resume the team's on-track programme.

Check back later today for the final times from Jerez, as well as the usual reports on the day's running.

Unofficial morning times from Jerez (13/02/2009):
1. Sébastien Bourdais (Toro Rosso-Ferrari) - 1:17.472, 61 laps
2. Fernando Alonso (Renault) - 1:20.125, 53 laps
3. Lewis Hamilton (McLaren-Mercedes) - 1:20.735, 28 laps
4. Mark Webber (Red Bull-Renault) - 1:21.971, 9 laps
5. Kazuki Nakajima (Williams-Toyota) - No Time, 34 laps

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