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Day Two at Barcelona - Montoya fastest 25 Nov 2004

Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) McLaren Mercedes MP4/19B. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 24 November 2004. World © McNeil/Sutton

Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest time on day two of testing at Barcelona on Wednesday, his debut drive in a McLaren. The Colombian set a time of 1:14.203, to lead the time sheet by more than four-tenths of a second.

"It's been an exciting day today and the first time I actually went out of the garage in a McLaren was special," said Montoya. Also testing for McLaren was Austrian driver Alexander Wurz, who ended the day in 11th place with a best time of 1:16.362

On a day of debuts, Red Bull also participated for the first time, with Christian Klien and reigning Formula 3000 champion, Vitantonio Liuzzi, both setting times. Klien's fastest of 1:15.137 was good enough for fourth on the day, while Liuzzi finished in ninth after a 1:15.924.

After only three teams tested at the circuit on Tuesday, day two saw eight teams running and Ralf Schumacher took advantage of his second day of work to finish behind Montoya with a best time of 1:14.612. His team-mate Jarno Trulli was also out on the track, with the Italian's best of 1:15.741 good enough for eighth fastest.

Third fastest was the Sauber of Felipe Massa, who covered 71 laps to set a best time of 1:14.939. Wednesday was the first test for Sauber using Michelin tyres and Chief Race Engineer Jacky Eeckelaert said afterwards that the team had concentrated on adapting the car to the new tyres.

"Overall we were able to deliver good test results and are happy with today's outcome," he said.

It was a mixed day for the Williams team with Antonio Pizzonia only able to complete six laps due to technical problems. His best of 1:16.805 was 14th-fastest. Team-mate Mark Webber had his first full day in the car and did some set-up work. He set the fifth fastest time of the day with a 1:15.387.

For Ferrari, Luca Badoer and Marc Gene were on duty, with both working mainly on a programme of tyre and electronics testing. The drivers could also not be separated on the time sheets, with Gene's 68 laps producing a quickest time of 1:15.607, good enough for sixth fastest on the day, and Badoer finishing just behind him in 1:15.660.

Two Renault R24's also performed on Wednesday, with Giancarlo Fisichella and Franck Montagny testing for the team. Although Fisichella was limited to only 34 laps due to electrical problems on the morning, his best time of 1:16.059 saw him finish tenth fastest. Montagny, working principally on tyres, brakes and systems development had a best time of 1:16.790.

Completing the running order were the two BARs of Jenson Button and Enrique Bernoldi, who finished the day 13th and 15th respectively, with best times of 1:16.846 and 1:19.971.

Testing continues at the Barcelona circuit on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Barcelona:
1. Juan Pablo Montoya, McLaren (Michelin), 1:14.203
2. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:14.612
3. Felipe Massa, Sauber (Michelin), 1:14.939
4. Christian Klien, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:15.137
5. Mark Webber, Williams (Michelin), 1:15.387
6. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:15.607
7. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:15.660
8. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:15.741
9. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:15.924
10. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault (Michelin), 1:16.059
11. Alexander Wurz, McLaren (Michelin), 1:16.362
12. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:16.790
13. Jenson Button, BAR (Michelin), 1:16.846
14. Antonio Pizzonia, Williams (Michelin), 1:16.805
15. Enrique Bernoldi, BAR (Michelin), 1:19.971