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Barcelona day four - Toyota test alone 04 Dec 2006

Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF106. Formula One Testing, Day Three, Barcelona, Spain, 30 November 2006. World ©  Hartley/Sutton.

Toyota enjoyed a traffic-free test session on Friday with drivers Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli the only runners at the Circuit de Catalunya. Trulli set the pace on the team’s third day at the track, after clocking a time of 1m 15.936s - just four hundredths of a second quicker than Schumacher.

Toyota, who started testing a day later than the other teams, were initially hampered by cold weather. But after track temperatures improved, both drivers continued their assessment of the 2007 Bridgestone tyres. The team completed 131 laps, trialling a variety of set-ups to maximise the performance of the new rubber for next season.

"We had a very good day yesterday but today was a bit more difficult as we had a few problems,” said Schumacher. “Still, everything has been a little bit easier than I was expecting because I expected the new tyres to be a lot harder to drive. I have found in these two days that they are actually quite drivable. I must say I am positively surprised with the tyres. I am really happy with them, they are good for testing because you can go out every time and do a consistent lap time."

"The team made some good progress in understanding the 2007 tyres and we're pleased with the consistent behaviour and performance we experienced throughout the week,” explained Dieter Gass, Toyota’s chief race and test team engineer. “We put in some quite quick lap times and the circuit was for sure in a very good condition after the three-day test this week, with a very high level of grip. Overall we are quite satisfied with the results we have achieved during this test but we still need to be working on improving reliability."

Testing resumes on Wednesday with most teams expected for a three-day test at Spain’s Jerez circuit.

Unofficial Friday times from Barcelona:
1. Jarno Trulli, Toyota, 1:15.936
2. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota, 1:15.976