New cars, new engines, new drivers, new tyres
There were plenty of firsts to be witnessed at the Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday morning as this weeks second day of testing at the Spanish track got underway.
Toyota became the first Formula One team to debut their 2006 machine as Jarno Trulli and Ricardo Zonta completed the first shakedown laps in the new TF106. It was also the start of the Japanese teams first test on Bridgestone tyres, having recently confirmed their switch from Michelin.
It was similarly Williams first 2005 outing on Bridgestone rubber. Nico Rosberg was at the wheel of a revised FW27, powered for the first time by Cosworths 2006-specification V8. The car featured an interim livery which Williams are expected to run throughout winter testing until the official launch of their new car next year. Dark blue in colour, it includes a white nose flash and white flying chevrons in a nod to Williams pre-Formula One roots.
Red Bull only announced the signing of Robert Doornbos as their new third driver on Tuesday morning, but already he has been out on track in the Cosworth-powered RB1. The team will switch to Ferrari V8 power for the 2006 season.
Minardi ran their last test under that name at Vallelunga last week. This week sees the Red Bull-owned teams first as Scuderia Toro Rosso, with Vitantonio Liuzzi at the wheel of the newly-liveried car, featuring Red Bull branding, with a gold nosecone and airbox. Minardi ran Bridgestone tyres, but Toro Rosso are using Michelins in Barcelona, although no deal has been officially announced.
More debuts are expected in Barcelona as the week progresses, among them first Formula One tests with Renault for Polands Robert Kubica and Italian Giorgio Mondini. Check back later in the week for details of all the teams progress.