Jerez Test Day Two - Montoya top again 09 Jan 2004
Williams again dominated testing at Jerez on Thursday, with Juan Pablo Montoya fastest in the new FW26, followed by Marc Gene in an FW25B. Both men worked on tyre development with Michelin, Montoya also continuing to perfect the set-up of the team's 2004 challenger.
The Renault duo of Franck Montagny and Jarno Trulli were third and fourth quickest, the French team focussing exclusively on tyres. Montagny tested constructions throughout the day, while Trulli concentrated on compounds, with both reporting promising results. Renault's Jerez programme will conclude on Friday.
McLaren began their four-day schedule at the Spanish circuit, with two MP4-19s in action. Test driver Pedro de la Rosa was the quicker of the two, setting the day's sixth best time, while David Coulthard, hampered by technical problems, was tenth. Kimi Raikkonen will get his first taste of the team's 2004 car on Friday.
Ferrari continued their programme of tyre and electronics development, with Felipe Massa and Luca Badoer seventh and ninth respectively. Toyota completed the Thursday line-up, with Ricardo Zonta fifth and Olivier Panis eighth.
Conditions at Jerez were again fine and dry, with some initial cloud soon making way for clear skies and track temperatures of up to 25 degrees Celsius. Testing continues on Friday, when BAR will also be present for the start of a four-day programme.
Unofficial Thursday times from Jerez:
1. Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.650
2. Marc Gene, Williams (Michelin), 1:17.123
3. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:17.884
4. Jarno Trulli, Renault (Michelin), 1:17.900
5. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.968
6. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.215
7. Felipe Massa, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.409
8. Olivier Panis, Toyota (Michelin), 1:18.647
9. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.649
10. David Coulthard, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.150