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Toyota validate aero package in Vallelunga 17 Feb 2006

(L to R): Jarno Trulli (ITA) Toyota TF106 and Ralf Schumacher (GER) Toyota TF106 with the new TF106. Toyota TF106 Launch, France, 14 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton

Toyota concluded a three-day test at the Autodromo di Vallelunga, just north of Rome, yesterday. The principal aim was to validate the new aerodynamic package ready for the Bahrain Grand Prix in March. Jarno Trulli’s programme ran well, but Ralf Schumacher’s was hampered by poor weather and he is now scheduled to carry it on in Barcelona next week.

"My first impressions are really positive," Trulli said. "The car felt good and it shows promise, enabling us to carry out a tyre test on the second day. Next week we will go to Barcelona, which will be a better guide to this car's true potential. There we will be able to compare our performance with other teams so we will start to find out where we really stand. So far so good."

Mike Gascoyne, Toyota’s technical director chassis, said in summary: "This is our first time testing here at Vallelunga and it was reasonably productive. Other teams have tested here in the past, but we were the only team running with a chicane in the first corner so you can't make comparisons. With both drivers having to first of all get to know the circuit and then experiencing rather cold temperatures, it has been fairly difficult conditions for meaningful running.

But from the work we've been able to do, it's clear that the new package is working very reliably and we can see the performance gain that we expected. In parallel with running the new car, we have also continued running tyre evaluations for Bridgestone. Although our mileage has been limited due to the track conditions, we've actually managed to do most of the test items that were planned for the two days. Overall, the test has been positive and it was good to get the final Bahrain configuration up and running."

Unofficial practice times
1. Jarno Trulli, Toyota TF106 (Bridgestone) 1:15.900s,
2. Ralf Schumacher, Toyota TF106 (Bridgestone) 1:16.530s,