Montoya sets the pace at Barcelona

Montoya sets the pace at Barcelona

Juan Pablo Montoya became the fourth different driver to top the testing times this week, the Williams man setting a best of 1:14.800 in the FW26 on Thursday. The Colombian worked on aerodynamics and mechanical set up and completed 51 ...

Juan Pablo Montoya became the fourth different driver to top the testing times this week, the Williams man setting a best of 1:14.800 in the FW26 on Thursday. The Colombian worked on aerodynamics and mechanical set up and completed 51 laps.

Juan Pablo Montoya tests the new WilliamsF1 BMW FW26.
Photo by Sutton Motorsport Images.
Williams also had tester Antonio Pizzonia on duty and Nelson Piquet Junior, third and sixth fastest respectively. Pizzonia focused on tyre evaluations in a second FW26 while Piquet continued to familiarize himself with the FW25 and worked on set ups.

Fernando Alonso was second on the time sheet, three tenths down on Montoya, the Spaniard focusing on set up of the Renault R24 and tyres. Team test driver Franck Montagny continued in the R23 and also worked on set up and tyres, finishing fourth fastest. The team concluded its test programme for the week and recommences at Jerez next week.

Toyota's Cristiano da Matta was fifth quickest but teammate Olivier Panis had a heavy crash in the afternoon that saw him taken to hospital. The Frenchman appeared uninjured and is reportedly fine, but is being kept in for observation overnight.

Sauber's Felipe Massa, who endured a similar crash to Panis yesterday, was released from hospital today and went home to rest. The Brazilian should be well enough for next week's Jerez session.

McLaren had two cars on track today, David Coulthard seventh and Alex Wurz the last of the nine drivers present. Ferrari concluded its private Imola test with Michael Schumacher setting a best of 1:21.231 over 25 laps, working on set up of the F2004.

In the UK, Jordan completed its two-day test at Silverstone. There was mixed weather for Nick Heidfeld and Timo Glock but Heidfeld completed 67 laps in the EJ14, and Glock 35 in the EJ13. The team found a "potential reliability problem" with the new car but no big problems. Heidfeld will be back on track at Jerez next week.

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