Pizzonia's turn to break record at Valencia

Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia was the latest to break the lap record at Valencia in testing today, the Brazilian clocking a fastest of 1:10.08. The time was just seven hundredths of a second quicker than the previous best set by Williams' Juan Pablo...

Jaguar's Antonio Pizzonia was the latest to break the lap record at Valencia in testing today, the Brazilian clocking a fastest of 1:10.08. The time was just seven hundredths of a second quicker than the previous best set by Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya earlier in the week. Pizzonia completed only 25 laps but that was enough for a new lap record to be set.

"The car was getting better at Barcelona last week, and we've now made a further step forward," he said. "The balance is a lot better now. Hopefully next week we'll have two cars and we can do some long runs and race simulations."

Williams completed a four day test with Montoya, Ralf Schumacher and tester Marc Gene again present: "We finished at Valencia today and now we move to Barcelona for a further test next week," said chief operations engineer Sam Michael. "We have had a productive week testing with some good improvements to the aerodynamics, we also did some endurance running for reliability checks on the new car. We also did tyre testing for Michelin."

Montoya was second quickest, Gene fourth and Ralf Schumacher fifth. Jacques Villeneuve, the sole BAR on track, was third fastest but suffered a transmission problem. Villeneuve concentrated on tyre work and also used the HANS system, which he is still having difficulty with.

At Fiorano, Michael Schumacher concluded the first test of the F2003-AG. His fastest was a 56.786, which for the third successive time this week broke the short track record. The German shrugged off the lap records, saying: "I am not surprised, as the resurfacing has certainly made the track quicker."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Williams