Three teams testing this week 12 Sep 2006
The Belgian Grand Prixs hiatus from the calendar this year means there is now a three-week break before the next round of the championship in China. The teams had been due to head directly from Monza to Spa and, as a result, no major tests have been scheduled for this week.
At least three teams, however, should be on track. Ferrari seized the constructors championship lead from Renault at the weekend and are expected to continue their push for the title by making use of their own testing facilities at Fiorano in Italy.
Renault, meanwhile, will be carrying out their development work with a three-day session at Spains Jerez circuit from Wednesday. Fernando Alonso will be absent, after bruising his knee during practice in Italy, leaving Giancarlo Fisichella, Heikki Kovalainen and Jose Maria Lopez to share the workload.
Renault will be joined by Red Bull, whose newly-promoted race driver, Robert Doornbos, will be keen to get in some additional mileage ahead of China, where he will replace the departed Christian Klien.
The majority of the other teams will return to test duties next week, with the biggest session planned for the British Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone.