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BMW Sauber join Toro Rosso at Imola 23 Feb 2006

Jacques Villeneuve (CDN) BMW Sauber F1.06. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, 23-27 January 2006. World ©  Capilitan/Sutton

Toro Rosso were joined by BMW Sauber at Imola on Wednesday as testing continued at the San Marino Grand Prix circuit. In wet conditions, Vitantonio Liuzzi set the pace, almost two seconds ahead of Jacques Villeneuve.

Liuzzi was partnered by team mate Scott Speed, making it the first time that the two men had been on track together in two of the team’s new STR-01 machines, powered by the restricted V10 Cosworth engine.

"The conditions were worse than yesterday," reckoned Toro Rosso’s chief engineer, Laurent Mekies. "So we decided to devote the entire day to sharpening up our pit-stop practice with both drivers. It all went smoothly and now tomorrow's programme is in the hands of the weather gods."

BMW Sauber also opted to limit their programme in light of the adverse weather, with Villeneuve and third driver Robert Kubica concentrating on practice starts
and system checks in the latest F1.06. They also took the opportunity to run through some wet and intermediate tyre comparisons for Michelin.

Testing continues at Imola on Thursday.

Unofficial Wednesday times from Imola:
1. Vitantonio Liuzzi, Toro Rosso (Michelin), 1:29.087
2. Jacques Villeneuve, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:30.804
3. Robert Kubica, BMW Sauber (Michelin), 1:32.553
4. Scott Speed, Toro Rosso (Michelin), 1:33.410