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This week’s testing schedule 16 May 2006

(L to R): Olivier Panis (FRA) Toyota Test Driver with Ricardo Zonta (BRA) Toyota Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Spanish Grand Prix, Practice Day, Barcelona, Spain, 12 May 2006 Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, 13 May 2006 Susie Stoddart (GBR) DTM driver talks to Gary Paffett (GBR) McLaren test driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, European Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 6 May 2006 Banner of fans of Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 6, Spanish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Barcelona, Spain, 13 May 2006 Luca Badoer (ITA) Ferrari F2004M 
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Italian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monza, Italy, 3 September 2005

Back-to-back European and Spanish Grands Prix have given the Formula One test teams a bit of a breather. They will be back in action this week, however, as preparations begin in earnest for the next round of the calendar in Monaco.

The major session of the week gets underway on Tuesday at Paul Ricard in France, with seven teams expected to test there, among them championship leaders Renault and their biggest rivals Ferrari, as well as the likes of Red Bull, Toro Rosso and BMW Sauber.

McLaren will have all four of their drivers at Paul Ricard as they bid to close the gap on the blue and red cars. Juan Pablo Montoya and Kimi Raikkonen will be at the wheel on Tuesday and Wednesday, before handing over to testers Gary Paffett and Pedro de la Rosa on Thursday and Friday.

Similarly, Toyota will be running their complete driver line-up, with Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli in action for the first two days, before Ricardo Zonta and Olivier Panis take over. All four will be concentrating on the Japanese team’s new TF106B machine, which is due to make its race debut in Monte Carlo.

Elsewhere, Honda and Williams are expected to conduct their week’s testing at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy. And don’t be surprised if Ferrari also take to the track on Italian soil, at their own Fiorano facility.

Check back throughout the week for daily updates on the teams’ progress. Note - all schedules are provisional and subject to change.