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Midland complete Silverstone test 16 Jun 2006

Christijan Albers (NDL) MF1 Racing.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 8, British Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Silverstone, England, 10 June 2006

Christijan Albers and Giorgio Mondini were at the wheel of the Midland M16 on Thursday as the Silverstone-based team concluded a three-day test programme at their ‘home’ circuit.

"Giorgio Mondini kicked off the final day of our test today, looking at some fundamental studies for our Vehicle Science department,” explained Dominic Harlow, the team’s chief race and test engineer. “We ran the Canada aero package in advance of next weekend's race and were pleased to find it performed as expected.

“Christijan Albers took over the car mid-morning and quickly settled into a tyre programme for Bridgestone, while also getting an early taste of the Canada setup. We also tested some new brake components aimed at the notoriously tough-on-brakes Gilles Villeneuve circuit."

Albers completed 57 laps of the British Grand Prix circuit with a best of 1m 22.060s. Mondini’s quickest was a 1m 23.420, the Swiss driver running 36 laps.

"I think we had a reasonable day and I was fairly satisfied with our performance,” said Albers. “The test has been a productive mix of reliability, development and setup work. The data we have collected will prove useful over the coming double-header events in North America until we can test again in week 27."

"This was a great way to finish off the test,” added Mondini. “We learned a lot about the new aero package and I was able to record my best times at this circuit, so I'm pleased about that. But the important thing is that the team as a whole is continuing to make progress, which motivates everyone to keep pushing hard for the remainder of the season."