Montoya tries out MP4-20

Juan Pablo Montoya has had his first taste of the McLaren MP4-20 at Barcelona on Thursday. The Colombian took over testing duties from team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, who has driven the car for the last three days

Montoya tries out MP4-20

Montoya completed an installation lap in chilly conditions this morning before carrying out his first proper run once the track temperature had risen. Although it is too early to draw any firm conclusions after less than a full day's running, Montoya was upbeat about the car's potential.

He said: "Since seeing the MP4-20 for the first time on Monday I have been looking forward to getting my hands on it, so it was great to get behind the wheel today, although our running has been affected by the cold weather.

"I completed the installation lap shortly after 9am, and the conditions were very slippery, as the track temperature was between -2 and 0 degrees!

"After waiting for a couple of hours to allow the circuit to get warmer, we have now just completed a longer timed run. I have been able to start to learn about the handling of the car, which so far is positive, and I can't wait to put more miles on it later today and during tomorrow's session."

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