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Montoya tops first day of Jerez test

Montoya tops first day of Jerez test

After the strange events of the last race weekend, a modicum of normality returned when the teams got back to work on the test track. Jerez de la Frontera in Spain was the popular location on Wednesday June 22nd, with 12 drivers from seven teams...

After the strange events of the last race weekend, a modicum of normality returned when the teams got back to work on the test track. Jerez de la Frontera in Spain was the popular location on Wednesday June 22nd, with 12 drivers from seven teams on duty in very hot conditions.

Juan Pablo Montoya.
Photo by xpb.cc.

McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya topped the times with a best of 1:18.203 and team test driver Alex Wurz was fifth overall. Montoya, in the MP4-20, worked on suspension, while Wurz focused on tyres in the MP4-19B. Both continue tomorrow.

Toyota tester Ricardo Zonta was second quickest, about a tenth and a half down on Montoya, and fellow team test driver Olivier Panis was ninth on the time sheet. It's not certain if Ralf Schumacher, who had to miss the US GP due to a crash in Friday practice, will be testing this week.

BAR also utilised its test drivers today; Anthony Davidson was third quickest, working on aerodynamics, and Enrique Bernoldi evaluated brakes and suspension and was 11th. Development driver Adam Carroll put in a couple of dozen laps and rounded off the times in 12th.

Jacques Villeneuve was the sole Sauber present on the day it was announced that the team will be taken over by BMW for 2006. The Canadian was fourth overall and assessed cooling options, set up and tyres. Villeneuve continues tomorrow.

Renault had tester Franck Montagny sixth fastest and Fernando Alonso seventh, both working on long distance runs. Christian Klien was the quicker of the two Red Bulls on track, eighth, while teammate David Coulthard was 10th.

Meanwhile, Ferrari continued its test session at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya. Team test driver Luca Badoer was again carrying out aerodynamic and tyre work and set a best time of 1:16.617 over 104 laps. Michael Schumacher will join Badoer tomorrow.

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