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Testing update - Montoya moves ahead 20 Jun 2003

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) Williams set the fastest ever pole position lap of 161.175mph average but retired from the race.
Italian Grand Prix, Monza, 16 September 2002

Williams' Juan Pablo Montoya dislodged Ferrari from the top of the Silverstone timesheets on Thursday as this weeks test at the British circuit drew to a close.

With most of the teams present working on either European or British Grand Prix preparations, Montoya set the benchmark time of 1m 19.58s, while Michael Schumacher was second fastest on a 1m 20.36s.

Rubens Barrichello was third quickest (1m 20.54s) as the Ferrari team mates concentrated on a programme of set-up work, electronics and tyre development. Test driver Felipe Massa (in last year's F2002) focussed exclusively on tyres and went sixth fastest (1m 22.2s).

At Sauber, Heinz-Harald Frentzen (4th, 1m 21.4s) took over from Nick Heidfeld for the team's final day's running, while at Jaguar Mark Webber (8th, 1m 22.5s) continued the work started by team mate Antonio Pizzonia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

BAR had both Jacques Villeneuve and Jenson Button on track at Silverstone. Villeneuve tried out some new aero parts on his way to the day's fifth time (1m 21.8s), while Button (7th, 1m 22.18s) concentrated on tyres.

Meanwhile, at Jerez Renault's Fernando Alonso again led the way, the Spaniard completing over 100 laps on his way to a best time of 1m 19.768s as the team worked primarily on tyre development. McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen (1m 20.089s) was second fastest, less than a quarter of a second down.

Cristiano da Matta (3rd, 1m 20.48s) completed his third and final day of running for Toyota, the Japanese team working on tyres and aero development. Williams test driver Marc Gene (4th, 1m 20.72s) and McLaren's David Coulthard (5th, 1m 21.7s) completed the timesheets. Both Williams and McLaren will continue running at Jerez on Friday.

Toyota also completed their private three-day session at Paul Ricard on Thursday. Ricardo Zonta drove on Tuesday and Wednesday, completing 218 laps over the two days as the team worked closely with tyre supplier Michelin. Olivier Panis concluded the session on Thursday, working on long runs and engine testing for September's United States Grand Prix.

All times are unofficial.