Rain master Montoya surprises even himself

Williams new boy Juan Pablo Montoya was stunned to finish second fastest overall in wet weather Formula 1 testing at Jerez

Rain master Montoya surprises even himself

The Colombian put his Michelin-shod Williams-BMW FW22 on top of the time sheets when conditions were at their best just after lunch on day three of the four-day test.

None of the 17 drivers and nine teams present at the Spanish circuit ventured out on dry weather tyres during today's (Wednesday's) running, and with more rain falling later in the afternoon, Montoya's time stayed unbeaten save for a flying lap from Rubens Barrichello's Ferrari.

"To be honest, I'm very, very surprised at being so fast today," the 1999 CART champion told autosport.com. "The last time I drove an F1 car in the wet, I wasn't very fast at all.

"When I woke up this morning I saw it was raining and I thought 'Oh my god, it's going to be a nightmare day!' But as soon as I got out on the track, I pushed as hard as I could, because I wanted to know how hard I could push the car.

"The tyres were behaving very well - they were very consistent - and I'm very pleased at how things have gone."

Montoya had not driven a Formula 1 car since 1998 prior to embarking on his winter test schedule with Williams yesterday (Tuesday). Jerez testing continues for one more day tomorrow.

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