This weeks testing schedule 04 Apr 2006
An extended break following the Australian Grand Prix means the Formula One teams now have two weeks in which to go testing ahead of the first round of the European season at Imola on April 23. And after Fernando Alonsos and Renaults dominant performance in Melbourne, they will be eager to make the most of the time available.
Two circuits will host this weeks testing, which is due to get underway on Tuesday at the Vallelunga track near Rome. Ferrari test drivers Luca Badoer and Marc Gene will be working on some major engine and aero upgrades which the team plan to debut at San Marino.
Honda will also be there, no doubt aiming to improve their reliability and cold-tyre performance following Jenson Buttons last-lap retirement at Albert Park, and Williams will have test driver Alex Wurz working to solve the issues that saw Mark Webber retire from his home race with transmission failure.
The week's other major session runs for three days from Wednesday at the French circuit of Paul Ricard, which is set to play host to Renault, McLaren, Toyota and BMW Sauber. Red Bull will also be there, with Toro Rosso expected to lend race driver Vitantonio Liuzzi for their sister teams two-day programme.
Check back throughout the week for daily updates on the teams progress. Note - all schedules are provisional and subject to change.