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Vallelunga day one - Davidson first of four 05 Apr 2006

Anthony Davidson (GBR) Honda F1 Racing Test Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 1, Bahrain Grand Prix, Practice, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 10 March 2006

Four drivers were in action at the Vallelunga circuit near Rome on Tuesday, as testing resumed ahead of the forthcoming San Marino Grand Prix. Anthony Davidson topped the times for Honda, finishing two tenths clear of Ferrari counterpart Marc Gene.

Davidson and team mate James Rossiter completed 120 and 132 laps respectively around the 4.085km Italian circuit, as they concentrated on chassis and tyre work focused on the upcoming European races.

At Ferrari, Badoer used the team’s current 248 F1 to work on development of its V8 engine and new components, running 150 laps. Gene, meanwhile, was at the wheel of an F2004 fitted with a regulated power version of last year’s V10 engine. The Spaniard completed 113 laps as he began a Bridgestone tyre development programme.

Unlike the teams’ last visit to Vallelunga a couple of weeks back, conditions were fine and dry, with ambient temperatures of over 25 degrees Celsius. Honda and Ferrari continue testing at the circuit on Wednesday, with Michael Schumacher taking over from Gene. They will be joined by Williams, who begin a two-day programme with Alexander Wurz in the cockpit of the FW28.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Vallelunga:
1. Anthony Davidson, Honda (Michelin), 1:12.804
2. Marc Gene, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:13.052
3. James Rossiter, Honda (Michelin), 1:13.081
4. Luca Badoer, Ferrari (Bridgestone), 1:13.388