Testing update: Paul Ricard, Valencia, Fiorano 21 May 2003
Formula One testing resumed on Tuesday as the teams continued their preparations for the forthcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
Juan Pablo Montoya topped the times for Williams (1m 12.089s) at the Paul Ricard circuit, as a four-day session got underway at the French track. Close behind was Williams colleague Marc Gene (1m 12.673s).
The McLarens of Alexander Wurz (1m 13.135s) and Pedro de la Rosa (1m 13.876s) were third and fifth respectively, split in the timesheets by the Toyota of Olivier Panis (1m 13.724s).
Wurz will be at the wheel of the new McLaren MP4-18 on Wednesday when it makes its track debut at Paul Ricard. Renault are also due to join the teams for the first of two days of running.
Meanwhile, at Valencia, BAR and Sauber were in action, with Takuma Sato (1m 12.9s) and Anthony Davidson (1m 13.7s) leading the way from new Sauber signing Neel Jani (1m 16.4s).
"It was the first real Formula One test today for Neel Jani after the straight-line test in Vairano at the end of April," explained Sauber race engineer, Remi Decorzent, "and for this he performed very well."
Finally, at Fiorano, Felipe Massa continued Ferrari's testing programme in the F2003-GA. Focusing on tyre and aerodynamic work, he completed a total of 25 laps with a best time of 58.238s. He hands over to Michael Schumacher on Wednesday.
All times are unofficial.