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Jerez day four - Montagny tops final session 03 Oct 2005

Franck Montagny (FRA) Renault Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, German Grand Prix, Preparations, Hockenheim, Germany, 21 July 2005

Renault’s Franck Montagny set the pace at Jerez on Friday as the last multi-team test of the 2005 season drew to a close. The Frenchman finished a quarter of a second up on BAR’s Anthony Davidson, both men completing a mammoth 150 laps.

Montagny was joined by Renault Driver Development programme member, Lucas Di Grassi, who made positive progress in the R25. Meanwhile, Davidson was similarly partnered by junior BAR member James Rossiter, who concentrated on tyre and aero work in the team’s 2006 development car.

"It's been a positive couple of days in Jerez this week, particularly today where we were able to complete so much mileage,” explained Davidson. “I concentrated on new aero and suspension developments, plus the tyre evaluation for China. We also ran the Suzuka spec engine which felt good and was strong all week.”

Jarno Trulli and Ricardo Zonta were third and fourth fastest as they finished Toyota’s programme, finalising preparations of the revised TF105B which the team will race for the first time in Japan next weekend. David Coulthard completed the timesheets for Red Bull in fifth.

Elsewhere on Friday, Michael Schumacher was again on track with Ferrari at Paul Ricard in France, where he concluded their preparations for the final two rounds of the season. The German ran 128 laps, the quickest a 1m 10.757s.

Testing for the 2006 season will begin at the end of November.

Unofficial Friday times from Jerez:
1. Franck Montagny, Renault (Michelin), 1:16.228
2. Anthony Davidson, BAR (Michelin), 1:16.492
3. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Michelin), 1:17.047
4. Ricardo Zonta, Toyota (Michelin), 1:10.079
5. David Coulthard, Red Bull (Michelin), 1:17.720
6. James Rossiter, BAR (Michelin), 1:18.098
7. Lucas Di Grassi, Renault (Michelin), 1:19.471