Coulthard fastest as testing resumes

Testing resumed at full speed ahead today after the summer break and fifteen drivers from seven teams were in action at Monza in Italy. McLaren's David Coulthard topped the times with a 1:22.065 in the MP4-17D while team test driver Alex Wurz was...

Testing resumed at full speed ahead today after the summer break and fifteen drivers from seven teams were in action at Monza in Italy. McLaren's David Coulthard topped the times with a 1:22.065 in the MP4-17D while team test driver Alex Wurz was fifth, also in a 17 chassis. The development of the MP4-18 is taking second place but Pedro de la Rosa is testing the new car at Jerez.

Ralf Schumacher managed second fastest despite a heavy crash at the end of the session. Earlier in the day his Williams had a minor fire in the pit lane, then late afternoon Ralf came off track at Lesmo in what was a big crash. He was taken to hospital for precautionary checks but escaped serious injury. Teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was tenth fastest.

"We commenced our three day test at Monza today with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya sharing testing duties in the FW25," said test team manager Tim Newton. "Our objectives involved set up preparation for the forthcoming race here as well as tyre testing for Michelin and some brake investigation work."

Newton confirmed Ralf was having medical checks and the team is investigating the accident.

Ferrari had three cars present, all F2003 chassis. Michael Schumacher was third quickest and test drivers Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer eighth and twelfth respectively. Work for the Scuderia included aerodynamics, tyres and set up.

Jenson Button was the best of three BARs on track. The British driver was fourth fastest, teammate Jacques Villeneuve was sixth and test driver Takumo Sato ninth. The team's three-day test is focusing on aerodynamics, engine and Bridgestone tyre tests in preparation for the final three races.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was on duty for Sauber and set the seventh quickest time. Frentzen carried out a race simulation with the latest version of the Petronas engine, which will be used at the Italian Grand Prix next weekend. The team also tested tyres and tomorrow a revised car body will be worked on.

Toyota and Jaguar were the other two teams present: Justin Wilson was thirteenth for Jaguar while Olivier Panis was the best Toyota in eleventh. Test driver Ricardo Zonta was fourteenth and Cristiano da Matta rounded off the times in fifteenth.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Sauber , McLaren , Williams