BMW WilliamsF1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya set the pace today [Wednesday] during testing at Valencia, the Colombian was around three tenths up on McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen.

JPM completed 81 laps during the course of the day, and his best time, a 1m 10.794s, was significantly quicker than the best set yesterday by Alexander Wurz, who was third fastest today.

WilliamsF1 tester Marc Gene was fourth and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the new Sauber C22 was fifth.

Frentzen spent the day working on aerodynamics, and commented: "I was pleased overall with the way things went today. The Sauber Petronas C22 feels good, but we have only just begun to test its full potential."

Gary Paffett was the only other runner at the track, he was testing for McLaren, standing in for David Coulthard who was unwell.

Testing continues tomorrow [Thursday].

Leading times (22 January) - Valencia:

1. Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1m 10.794s 81 laps**
2. Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes 1m 11.111s 42 laps**
3. Alexander Wurz McLaren-Mercedes 1m 11.911s 94 laps**
4. Marc Gene Williams-BMW 1m 12.331s 74 laps**
5. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas# 1m 12.991s 64 laps*
6. Gary Paffett McLaren-Mercedes 1m 14.491s 35 laps**

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

Weather / Track Conditions: Sunny in the morning, rain in the afternoon.



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