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Jerez Day One - Montoya fastest of six 08 Dec 2004

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

McLaren’s Juan Pablo Montoya led the way at Jerez on Tuesday as three of the Formula One teams kicked off this week’s session at the Spanish circuit. The Colombian finished more than half a second up on nearest rival Jarno Trulli.

Montoya was joined by test driver Pedro de la Rosa as McLaren began the first of the six consecutive days they have planned at Jerez. The Spaniard finished third in the times, less than a tenth of a second behind Trulli.

At Toyota, Trulli, now fully recovered from last week’s eye problem and sporting a plain-black carbon fibre helmet, was partnered by team mate Ralf Schumacher. The German was fourth quickest.

Completing the Tuesday line-up were the Ferraris of Luca Badoer and Marc Gene, both men working on Bridgestone tyre and new component development. Between them they recorded well over 200 laps, the most of any team present.

Unlike last week, conditions were fine and sunny, and are expected to remain so in the coming days. Testing continues on Wednesday, when Williams, Renault, BAR and Red Bull are expected to join the session, with David Coulthard making his test debut for the last of the four.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Juan Pablo Montoya, McLaren (Michelin), 1:16.535
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.190
3. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:17.270
4. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.416
5. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:18.755
6. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:19.228