Montagny tops first day of Jerez test

Montagny tops first day of Jerez test

Testing got under way at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera on Tuesday, with ten drivers from six teams on track. Most teams employed their test drivers, as the racers will stay overseas to work on fitness training head of the Japanese ...

Testing got under way at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera on Tuesday, with ten drivers from six teams on track. Most teams employed their test drivers, as the racers will stay overseas to work on fitness training head of the Japanese Grand Prix.

Franck Montagny.
Photo by Dave Dyer.

Renault's Franck Montagny topped the times on day one, the Frenchman clocking a best of 1:17.673. Heikki Kovalainen was also on duty for the team and was seventh quickest.

Williams' Marc Gen? was second fastest, just a couple of hundredths down on Montagny. Olivier Beretta, who has been a sometime tester for Williams since 2002, stood in for Antonio Pizzonia, who had injured his ankle while in Shanghai. Gen? worked on set up and tyres and Beretta on cooling configurations.

BAR's Anthony Davidson was third on the time sheet and Enrique Bernoldi was back in the cockpit after a brief test at Silverstone recently. The former Arrows driver was eighth quickest working on tyre evaluations. Davidson was hampered by a gearbox problem in the morning but completed a total of 87 laps overall, assessing tyres for Japan.

The McLaren duo of Pedro de la Rosa and Alex Wurz were fourth and fifth respectively and the only team not running a test driver was Toyota. New signing Jarno Trulli was behind the wheel of the TF104B and was sixth quickest despite a puncture, which caused him to go off track in the morning. The car was not too badly damaged and Trulli continued in the afternoon.

Luca Badoer was the sole Ferrari on duty and was at the bottom of the time sheet after suffering a crash. His car went heavily into the barriers after a mechanical problem at the rear and sustained considerable damage.

Badoer was able to climb out unaided and was unharmed and will be back on track tomorrow. Andrea Bertolini was on duty for Ferrari at Fiorano and completed 77 laps working on electronics, with a best time of 58.085.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Pedro de la Rosa , Antonio Pizzonia , Enrique Bernoldi , Luca Badoer , Anthony Davidson , Franck Montagny , Alexander Wurz , Heikki Kovalainen , Olivier Beretta
Teams Ferrari , McLaren , Williams