Friday February 9th, 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya crashed in testing for the BMW-Williams team at the Kyalami circuit on Friday.
Colombian Montoya, who joined the team from the American Champ Car series late last year, lost control of the new FW23 car at the South African circuit and damaged the front wing after contact with a barrier.
"I have been struggling with the car set-up," said Montoya. "In the afternoon, I put new tyres on the car, and this affected the balance which eventually caused me to go off the circuit and damage the front wing."
Patrick Head, Williams technical director, said Montoya has been struggling to get to grips with the new car as Ralf Schumacher also tested for the team at the circuit.
"We had a few problems with Juan Pablo," said Head. "But we hope to get his car fixed and back on the track for him on Saturday."
The BAR-Honda of Olivier Panis completed a massive 110 laps on its way to recording the fastest time of the three runners at Kyalami on Friday, while the two Williams cars did as many laps between them as the lone BAR.
Pos Driver Team-Engine Tyres Time
1. Panis BAR-Honda (B) 1:21.622
2. R.Schumacher Williams-BMW (M) 1:22.062
3. Montoya Williams-BMW (M) 1:22.494
All Timing Unofficial