Juan Pablo Montoya says he is encouraged by how well he has adapted on his return to Formula 1
The Colombian Champ Car ace completed three days of testing with the Williams-BMW team at Jerez. He set the second fastest time in Wednesday's wet session and finished 11th and 12th overall in the dry of Tuesday and Thursday respectively. It was his first runs in an F1 car since 1998.
"The three days in Jerez have certainly exceeded my expectations," the 25-year-old told Autosport.com. "I didn't expect to be on the pace right from the beginning and I'm obviously delighted on my return to F1.
"I would have liked some more dry running," he added, "but at the end of the day, I'm very surprised at how well I've adapted on my return to the Williams team.
"There's still a huge amount of testing to be done between now and Melbourne," he added, "but I'm very encouraged at the way it's all began."
Williams heads to Barcelona next week for exclusive Michelin testing.
For full details from day four of Jerez Formula 1 testing click here.
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