Montoya Breaks Monza Record Again

Juan Pablo Montoya maintained McLaren's domination of this week's test at Monza in Italy when he set another testing lap record today

Montoya Breaks Monza Record Again

The Colombian's best lap of 1:19.813 was more than two tenths clear of teammate Kimi Raikkonen as the pair worked on tyre evaluation during what has been a hectic two days for the outfit.

With McLaren only having four days left out of their 30-day testing allocation, the team had to get through their programme as efficiently as possible - which they successfully did. They are now packing up and will miss the final day of action on Friday.

World Championship leader Fernando Alonso and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella were concentrating on long runs during the day, although they were right behind the McLarens on the timesheets.

"We had a big programme to run today, and it required a disciplined approach to get everything done," said Renault's chief test engineer Christian Silk. "The bulk of our work was on tyre testing - compounds and constructions for both Monza and Spa.

"We also took time to conduct brake evaluation and tick this off our job list for the Grand Prix here in Monza, and also completed some set-up work for next weekend and the following race in Spa."

Mark Webber had an encouraging day for Williams to set the fifth fastest time, as he and teammate Nick Heidfeld focused on tyre work, while sixth fastest Michael Schumacher worked through a programme of set-up work and tyre evaluation.

BAR technical director Geoff Willis and sporting director Gil de Ferran flew in to oversee the progress of their team, with Jenson Button concentrating on aerodynamic work to set the seventh fastest time. Teammate Takuma Sato as right behind him despite suffering a gearbox problem in the morning.

Toyota continued to encounter problems with their B-spec car, which was being driven by Ricardo Zonta. The Brazilian failed to set a flying lap during the day. Olivier Panis, meanwhile, worked again with the car fitted with the V8 engine, finishing nearly 10 seconds off the pace.

Today's times:

Pos Driver Team Tyres Time Laps 1. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:19.813 120 2. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1:20.082 73 3. Alonso Renault (M) 1:20.251 131 4. Fisichella Renault (M) 1:20.707 144 5. Webber Williams-BMW (M) 1:20.972 122 6. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) 1:21.071 97 7. Button BAR-Honda (M) 1:21.222 113 8. Sato BAR-Honda (M) 1:21.447 103 9. Badoer Ferrari (B) 1:21.396 76 10. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:21.698 84 11. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) 1:21.817 59 12. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) 1:21.908 99 13. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) 1:21.923 120 14. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) 1:22.137 109 15. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:23.388 77 15. Doornbos Minardi-Cosworth (B) 1:24.794 29 17. Kiesa Jordan-Toyota (B) 1:24.795 36 18. Carroll BAR-Honda (M) 1:25.097 36 19. Pastorelli Jordan-Toyota (M) 1:25.102 102 20. Panis Toyota (M) 1:29.601 29 
21. Zonta Toyota (M) No time 5
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