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Who tests where pre-Germany? 18 Jul 2006

Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20. Formula One Testing, Day Two, Jerez, Spain, 5 July 2006.

As Magny-Cours bids adieu to Formula One racing for another year, the teams are set to head to the test track for crucial preparations before back-to-back races in Germany and Hungary. After that the traditional three-week summer test ban will put a stop to further multi-team sessions until after the Turkish Grand Prix at end of August.

Most teams will return to the Spanish circuit of Jerez this week, following their successful test there at the start of July in the build-up to the French Grand Prix.

Williams and McLaren are scheduled to be the first to arrive and are due to begin running on Tuesday. Alexander Wurz will be in charge of test duties for Williams during the first two days of the session, whilst race driver Nico Rosberg will replace him for the final two days on Thursday and Friday.

Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen, Gary Paffett, and Pedro de la Rosa - fresh from his first race drive this season - will take to the track during McLaren’s four-day session. Paffett and De la Rosa will both be hoping to impress as they vie for the chance to fill Juan Pablo Montoya’s empty race seat.

On Wednesday, the session will liven up with teams including Toyota, Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Midland, Renault and BMW Sauber all expected to arrive at the circuit, with testing then continuing until Friday.

Elsewhere, Ferrari will carry out their week’s work at the Paul Ricard circuit in France from Wednesday. The Bridgestone runners will be looking to consolidate their apparent performance advantage over Renault following their victory in France last Sunday.

“These are important tests as we have to select the tyres for the next three races,” said Michael Schumacher, who will be on track on Thursday and Friday.

Finally, Super Aguri are reported to be heading to Silverstone later this week to test their new SA06 car before its race debut at Hockenheim in the German Grand Prix.

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