Rain hampers Toro Rosso at Imola 22 Feb 2006
Testing at Imola has certain advantages for Toro Rosso, as the circuit is just a short drive from the teams Faenza factory. However, there was one big disadvantage on Tuesday and that was the rain. It came and went, but was enough to ensure the track was never dry.
With the wet hampering any meaningful development work with the new STR 1, third driver Neel Jani and the team took the opportunity to rehearse various race weekend procedures, such as what to do from the moment the pit lane opens 30 minutes before the race to the start of the Grand Prix.
"It was quite a useful day in a way, as Neel had never really handled an F1 car in the wet," said chief engineer Laurent Mekies. "He never made a mistake and drove on both the wet and extreme wet tyres and that will be a valuable experience for him if he encounters these conditions during the season."
Jani eventually completed 38 laps of the San Marino Grand Prix circuit, setting a best time of 1m 36.420s. Wednesday will see another milestone for the team as they begin their first two-car test, with Tonio Liuzzi and Scott Speed both on track in an STR 1 each.