McLaren-Mercedes test driver Alexander Wurz set the pace today [Tuesday] at Valencia, beating BMW WilliamsF1 driver, Juan Pablo Montoya by over half a second.

Wurz's best lap was a 1 minute 12.732 seconds and the Austrian completed 28 laps, in the modified McLaren MP4-17.

JPM meanwhile managed 57 laps, while his team-mate, Marc Gene notched up 91, the most of any one driver at the track. Gene's best time, was a 1m 13.738s, around four tenths slower than Montoya.

Sandwiched between the two Williams-BMW's was Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Frentzen was working with the new Sauber-Petronas C22, although the team's programme was some what disrupted today due to intermittent wind gusts.

Testing continues tomorrow [Wednesday].

Leading times (21 January) - Valencia:

1. Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 12.732s 28 laps**
2. Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 13.347s 57 laps**
3. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas# 1m 13.385s 70 laps*
4. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 13.738s 91 laps**

* - denotes Bridgestone tyres
** - denotes Michelin tyres.
# - 2003 car.

Weather / Track Conditions: Sunny and windy.



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