Montagny leads the way at Jerez test

Conditions were overcast and cold for the second day of testing at Jerez de la Frontera on December 14th and 13 drivers from seven teams were at work. Test driver Franck Montagny topped the times for Renault with a best of 1:18.793 and official third driver Heikki Kovalainen was sixth fastest. Tyres and suspension were the focus of the day and both used the restricted V10 engine.

Franck Montagny.
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Ex-Jordan driver Narain Karthikeyan was back behind the wheel for Williams, as the team continues to search for an official test driver, and was second fastest. Using the Cosworth V8, Karthikeyan was just under four tenths off Montagny. Race driver Mark Webber was also on track and was fifth on the time sheet.

Felipe Massa continued for Ferrari with the V10 and was third quickest, less than a tenth behind Karthikeyan. Bridgestone tyre development was the focus for the Brazilian. Test driver Ricardo Zonta led a trio of Toyotas in fourth, with Franck Perera on duty again in 12th and second tester Olivier Panis rounded off the times in 13th.

Tester Anthony Davison was seventh fastest for Honda and the team also had Adam Carroll, from the young driver programme, in 11th. Both drove the '06 Concept cars with the V8 engine and worked on set up and aerodynamics. The pair completed over 170 laps between them on the first day of Honda's four-day test.

Juan Pablo Montoya led the way for McLaren in eighth and team tester Pedro de la Rosa was 10th. Tyres and development of the Mercedes V8 engine was the work of the day. Montoya had a minor stoppage on-track caused by a software issue. Both continue tomorrow for the last day of McLaren's testing for the year.

Nick Heidfeld was again the sole BMW Sauber present and was ninth on the time sheet. He continued with tyre work and also conducted cooling system checks. He will add fuels system checks and practice starts to the programme for the team's last day on Thursday.