Montagny takes over at Jerez

Montagny takes over at Jerez

In the absence of BAR's Jenson Button, pace setter of the last two days, Renault test driver Franck Montagny took the best time at Jerez today. Montagny set a fastest of 1:17.058 and team race driver Jarno Trulli was third fastest. Montagny ...

In the absence of BAR's Jenson Button, pace setter of the last two days, Renault test driver Franck Montagny took the best time at Jerez today. Montagny set a fastest of 1:17.058 and team race driver Jarno Trulli was third fastest. Montagny completed the ride programme in the R23 and worked on tyres, while Trulli continued with set up in the R24.

Franck Montagny.
Photo by LAT Photographic.
Button's teammate Takuma Sato was just a tenth behind Montagny in second and the top five drivers were separated by three tenths. BAR test driver Anthony Davidson took over from Button and was 13th of the 14 drivers on track. "Generally this has been a very useful test with few reliability problems," said BAR technical director Geoff Willis.

"This was our first race team test with the two new cars and we were able to complete simulated race distances with Jenson and Takuma. This programme did reveal some small problems, which we are addressing, but overall the car continues to have competitive pace both on new tyres and on long runs."

The Sauber duo showed an upturn in form, Felipe Massa fourth fastest and Giancarlo Fisichella fifth to complete the team's three-day test. The focus of the day was mechnical set up, cooling configurations and tyres, and Fisichella had a scheduled engine change. Chief race engineer Jacky Eeckelaert said the test targets had been reached.

Juan Pablo Montoya was the faster of the two Williams FW26s on track, sixth, while teammate Ralf Schumacher was 10th. Montoya worked on mechanical set up and Ralf on aerodynamics and tyres. Schumacher Junior also practiced race starts.

Kimi Raikkonen was the best McLaren with seventh on the time sheet but team tester Alex Wurz could only manage 12th. Rubens Barrichello took over for Ferrari and set the eighth best time. In the F2003-GA, Barrichello continued with tyre and component testing. At Mugello Michael Schumacher set a best of 1:19.674, doing development work in the F2004.

The Jaguar pair of Mark Webber and Christian Klien were ninth and 11th respectively at Jerez. Nick Heidfeld was the last on the list, running a race simulation in the Jordan EJ14. Heidfeld also worked on tyres, although the car came to a halt on track at the end of the day.

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