Montagny wants contract before next Toyota test

Thu, 21 September 2006, 10:32

Franck Montagny thinks he is unlikely to test again for Toyota until he signs an official contract.

The Frenchman, still Honda powered Super Aguri’s third driver at grands prix, emerged for the Cologne based team at Silverstone this week and on Wednesday was fourth quickest of the test runners.

But the 28-year-old said: ”I would be happy to return and drive again for the team, once we have signed a contract for me to take over testing duties.”

Moreover, Montagny is expected to continue his Friday practice duties for Super Aguri when formula one convenes for the Chinese GP later this month.

But with the defection of Ricardo Zonta to Renault and the retirement of Olivier Panis, Toyota said on Monday: ”(The team) expects to reach an agreement soon for Franck Montagny to join as third and test driver.”

Also at gusty Silverstone on Wednesday, Lewis Hamilton ended up nearly a full second slower than team colleague Pedro de la Rosa at the end of his first full McLaren test day.

But the 21-year-old insisted that he had focused on system checks ‘rather than times’.

Young Brazilian Nelson Piquet Jr was impressive in his Renault, meanwhile, as he went quicker than 2007 team racer Heikki Kovalainen.

At Mugello in Italy, Michael Schumacher and Marc Gene started testing for Ferrari, while at Jerez BMW-Sauber was joined by Honda.


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