In less than a week, Jarno Trulli’s race overalls have changed from blue and yellow to red and white, and former F1 outcast Jacques Villeneuve has set the third quickest time at a Silverstone test session.

In less than a week, Jarno Trulli’s race overalls have changed from blue and yellow to red and white, and former F1 outcast Jacques Villeneuve has set the third quickest time at a Silverstone test session.


Trulli, who left Renault abruptly on Tuesday shortly before an announcement was made that he would be driving for Toyota next year, began testing duties for the Cologne-based team on Thursday.


It was the Italian's first experience of the TF104B, but he lapped Silverstone in the fifth fastest time of the day, less than a second behind fastest driver of the day, Takuma Sato.


"I've arrived at Panasonic Toyota Racing a bit earlier than I expected, but we've already started to work well together in our first day of testing. It's also nice to be working again with (Technical Director: Chassis) Mike Gascoyne,” Trulli said.


“It's still too early to judge the car. I've found some very good, positive aspects to the package, while there are parts that can still be improved. But I think everyone in the team knows which problems require work. The drivers work well together with the rest of the team and it's good to get started early in preparation for 2005," he added.


Kimi Raikkonen, who set a new lap record at Silverstone on Wednesday, was second fastest on Thursday. Villeneuve, who will be driving for Sauber in the upcoming two seasons, ended third. The Canadian was expected to race the final three races for Renault if he could prove his pace in the two-day test session.


However, Renault refused to confirm whether or not the veteran Canadian will drive in Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Grands Prix.


A decision will only be taken at the weekend or early next week, although it is widely expected that Villeneuve will be given the nod.


"On Wednesday, it was a little difficult in testing," said Villeneuve "I had a bad position in the car and I was braking a little late. Today (Thursday) there were a lot of adjustments. The team was great and in the afternoon I was able to attack.


"I have spent a stress-free year, no political pressures, and I feel like a new man,"


Meanwhile, former Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi completed a total of 10 laps for BAR Honda. "I'm glad to be back in the car again. The way my Formula One career ended wasn't nice, I had unfinished business here," Bernoldi said at Silverstone.


Collated times from Thursday’s session

1. T. Sato BAR-Honda – 1:17,397 - 82 laps

2. K. Raikkonen - McLaren-Mercedes – 1:17,400 - 94 laps

3. J. Villeneuve - Renault – 1:17,433 - 66 laps

4. R. Schumacher - Williams-BMW – 1:17,718 - 55 laps

5. M. Gene - Williams-BMW – 1:17,813 - 88 laps

6. J. Trulli - Toyota – 1:17,911 - 83 laps

7. A. Davidson - BAR-Honda – 1:17,960 - 71 laps

8. P. de la Rosa - McLaren-Mercedes – 1:18,401 - 93 laps

9. F. Montagny - Renault – 1:19,140 - 88 laps

10. R. Briscoe - Toyota – 1:19,147 - 84 laps

11. E. Bernoldi - BAR-Honda – 1:21,351 - 11 laps

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