Lap record for Montoya at Valencia

Four more teams joined McLaren at Valencia today and it was Juan Pablo Montoya at the top of the times with a new lap record. In the Williams FW26 Montoya clocked a best of 1:09.103, just a couple of tenths ahead of BAR's Jenson Button. Williams...

Four more teams joined McLaren at Valencia today and it was Juan Pablo Montoya at the top of the times with a new lap record. In the Williams FW26 Montoya clocked a best of 1:09.103, just a couple of tenths ahead of BAR's Jenson Button. Williams test driver Marc Gené was also on duty in the second FW26. Both drivers worked on tyres, traction control and practiced starts.

The pair of Jaguar's were split by the BAR of Takuma Sato in fourth and the third BAR of tester Anthony Davidson was eighth quickest. Third placed Christian Klien and fifth placed Mark Webber concentrated aerodynamics and tyres, both completing over 100 in laps in the Jaguar R5 -- a marked improvement for the team compared to previous tests.

"It was a very good day," said Webber. "We did lots of work on the set-up, traction control, starts and weight distribution -- all these things we wanted to do before we managed to do with no problems at all today."

Kimi Raikkonen was the faster of the two McLarens, sixth, with teammate David Coulthard tenth on the time sheet. Raikkonen experienced a minor fire during a pit stop simulation and Coulthard an engine failure that disrupted the team's day. Toyota test driver Ricardo Zonta was seventh, race driver Cristiano da Matta rounding off the times of the 11 drivers on track.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Jenson Button , Mark Webber , David Coulthard , Kimi Raikkonen , Ricardo Zonta , Anthony Davidson , Marc Gene , Christian Klien , Cristiano da Matta
Teams McLaren , Williams