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Testing resumes Wednesday in Barcelona 30 May 2006

(L to R): Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Third Driver talks with Ricardo Zonta (BRA) Toyota Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Practice Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 25 May 2006 Robert Doornbos (NDL) Red Bull Racing Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 2, Malaysian Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Sepang, Malaysia, 18 March 2006 Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 7, Monaco Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Monte-Carlo, Monaco, 27 May 2006 Neel Jani (SUI) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR01 Third Driver.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 5, European Grand Prix, Practice Day, Nurburgring, Germany, 5 May 2006

The focus of Formula One racing switches from Monaco to Spain this week, with nine of the 11 teams due to start testing at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday in preparation for the forthcoming British Grand Prix.

The contrast between the streets of Monte Carlo and the high-speed Silverstone circuit could not be greater and the teams’ programmes will reflect this, the emphasis switching from high to relatively low-downforce set-ups, and from the softest possible tyres to much harder compounds designed to cope with the British tracks numerous fast corners.

All the major teams will be at work for three days and expect many to have their full complement of race and test drivers in action. McLaren, for example will have Pedro de la Rosa and Gary Paffett assisting Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya. At Toyota, Jarno Trulli will share the workload with Olivier Panis and Ricardo Zonta, and at BMW Sauber, Jacques Villeneuve and Nick Heidfeld will be joined by Robert Kubica.

The only teams not expected to test this week are Midland and Super Aguri. Note that all schedules are provisional and subject to change. Check back later in the week for daily updates on the teams’ testing progress.