Coulthard takes over in Valencia testing

Eight drivers from five teams took part in today's test session at Valencia where David Coulthard topped the times with a 1:10.811. The McLaren driver set the time in the morning when conditions were good; by the afternoon the rain had started....

Eight drivers from five teams took part in today's test session at Valencia where David Coulthard topped the times with a 1:10.811. The McLaren driver set the time in the morning when conditions were good; by the afternoon the rain had started. Team mate Kimi Raikkonen was fourth fastest, both drivers using the MP4-17.

The sole Williams FW24 of Juan Pablo Montoya set the second quickest time although the torrential rain curtailed Williams' test programme. "The morning session was helpful running several sets of tyres for Michelin. However, the afternoon session saw us struggling with very heavy rain and Montoya was only able to complete 8 laps," said test team manager Tim Newton

Renualt's Jarno Trulli had a much improved day after engine problems yesterday. The Italian was third fastest in the R202 and ahead of Renault test driver Fernando Alonso who was fifth. Trulli completed a shakedown of the car in preparation for tomorrow's session while Alonso worked on traction control.

Nick Heidfeld took over from Felipe Massa for Sauber and was disappointed to have his session hampered by the rain but was generally happy with the day's progress. The German totaled 96 laps, the most of the day, working on Bridgestone tyre development and general set-up then launch control when the weather turned.

The Jaguars of Pedro de la Rosa and Eddie Irvine rounded off the times, Irvine clocking a 1:14.292 at the bottom of the list. They worked on the balance of the R3 and continued with Michelin tyre testing in preparation for the Austrian Grand Prix in ten days time.

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