Jerez day one - McLaren from Toyota 18 Jan 2006
Testing resumed at the Spanish circuit of Jerez on Tuesday, with just three teams in action. McLaren set the pace, with Pedro de la Rosa going marginally quicker than Toyotas Jarno Trulli.
McLaren had two interim MP4-20 machines at work, both V10 powered. Cold, damp conditions at Jerez meant running did not get underway until mid-morning, but that didnt stop de la Rosa and team mate Gary Paffett completing over 170 laps between them as they commenced a two-day tyre development programme.
Trulli had a productive day as he continued to put the new Toyota TF106 through its paces, ending the day little over a tenth down on de la Rosa. Ralf Schumacher, was less fortunate, missing out on most of the afternoon's running for an engine change.
I spent the morning looking at different set-ups and we got through some useful work, said Trulli. Then in the afternoon we switched to a Bridgestone tyre test. We are still early in our relationship but with every day of running we make progress and today was no exception. The car was reliable and we completed our programme. It will be a steep learning curve over the next few weeks as we head towards the new season but we are in good shape."
Williams were also present, but their work with Nico Rosberg consisted solely of practice starts. The team start a normal three-day programme on Wednesday.
Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Pedro de la Rosa, McLaren (Michelin), 1:18.853
2. Jarno Trulli, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:19.037
3. Gary Paffett, McLaren (Michelin), 1:19.135
4. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota (Bridgestone), 1:21.279