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Renault, Spyker MF1 complete Silverstone test 13 Oct 2006

Nelson Piquet Jr (BRA) Renault R26. Formula One Testing, Silverstone, England, 19 September 2006. World ©  Bumstead/Sutton.

After rainy conditions hampered progress on Wednesday, Renault and Spyker MF1 returned to a sunnier Silverstone for a final day of testing on Thursday. Both teams completed their 2006 testing programmes at the British Grand Prix circuit.

Nelson Piquet Jr took charge of Renault’s driving duties as the team's only runner and completed over 160 laps. Piquet worked on engine development, systems and software checks, alongside some testing work for 2007.

Markus Winkelhock and Christijan Albers, meanwhile, took over from Spyker MF1’s Wednesday driver Ernesto Viso. Despite initial damp conditions, Winkelhock completed 85 laps during the morning session. The German - a regular third driver with the team this year - undertook a control systems check and tyre evaluation, before handing the car over to Albers.

“Today went quite well although during the first couple of hours the track was a little damp which changed the programme,” explained Winkelhock. “It was good experience as I haven't driven a Formula One car in slippery conditions before. There were no problems and we covered a lot of laps, overall I am very satisfied.”

Albers equalled Winkelhock’s tally of 85 laps in the afternoon as he evaluated tyre choices for the team ahead of next weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.

"I am really happy with how things went today, it was good to be sitting in the car again and the boys did an excellent job testing tyre compounds for Brazil,” said the Dutchman. “I always enjoy visiting the factory when I am at Silverstone as it gives me a chance to discuss our progress with other team members."

Renault and Spyker MF1 will now head to Interlagos for this season's final race.