Coulthard top again Monza day two

Over a grid's worth of drivers took part in the second day of testing at Monza, with a total off twenty-two cars on track. McLaren's David Coulthard again topped the times, the Scot's best of the day a 1:21.546. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second...

Over a grid's worth of drivers took part in the second day of testing at Monza, with a total off twenty-two cars on track. McLaren's David Coulthard again topped the times, the Scot's best of the day a 1:21.546. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second quickest, just two tenths behind.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen was again the sole Sauber on track and set the third time. Frentzen tested new aerodynamic parts but rain interrupted the work. In the afternoon the team focused on a new rear wing and tyres for the US GP.

Ferrari had three cars present again, Michael Schumacher the best of the trio fourth, tester Luca Badoer fifth and Rubens Barrichello seventh. All the drivers used an F2003 chassis and continued with the aerodynamic, tyre and set up work from yesterday. Luciano Burti was on duty at Fiorano, running tyre tests in an F2002 car.

Juan Pablo Montoya was the best of the two Williams present and tester Marc Gené took over from Ralf Schumacher after the German's crash yesterday. "We mainly ran this afternoon, and not this morning, because we were waiting for some parts and the other test car to arrive to replace the chassis that we damaged yesterday," said chief operations engineer Sam Michael.

"In the afternoon, we did some aero testing, set up work and tyre testing on Juan Pablo's car. We managed to do an installation lap before the end of the session with Marc's car, so we will be ready to run that tomorrow."

Renault joined the test with race drivers Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso who were eighth and tenth fastest respectively. The pair worked on a low down force package for the Italian GP as well as tyres and engine development.

Jenson Button was the best BAR in ninth. Test driver Takuma Sato and Jacques Villeneuve were thirteenth and seventeenth respectively and Toyota also continued with three cars. Olivier Panis was eleventh, test driver Ricardo Zonta fifteenth and Cristiano da Matta sixteenth. Tyre testing was continued from yesterday as well as general set up.

Jaguar had both race drivers present, Mark Webber twelfth and Justin Wilson fourteenth and Jordan joined the session for its first day. Ralph Firman is still recuperating from his crash in Hungary so tester Zsolt Baumgartner partnered Giancarlo Fisichella. The team's programme included brake work, engine and suspension development and set up.

Minardi also made a rare foray onto the test track with Jos Verstappen and Gianmaria Bruni behind the wheel. The pair were twentieth and twenty-first with the Williams of Gené rounding off the times.

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