Teams out in force as testing resumes 29 Jan 2007
With the season opener in Melbourne less than two months away, the majority of the Formula One teams will attend the years first major multi-team test in Valencia this week. Nine of the 11 squads are expected to join the Spanish session, as 2007 development work takes centre stage.
BMW Sauber, who launched their new car, the F1.07, at the circuit last week, are scheduled to arrive on Monday. The German-Swiss team, who hope to have a second F1.07 chassis ready for the test, will then stay at the track for a further three days. Race drivers Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld are expected, alongside testers Timo Glock and Sebastian Vettel.
Ferrari will be present from Tuesday with Kimi Raikkonen and test driver Luca Badoer. No doubt Raikkonen will be hoping for better weather conditions than those which plagued his first test for the team last week in Italy. After acclimatising to the 248 F1, the Finn could get his first taste of the teams new car, the F2007, during the session.
Fellow championship contenders McLaren and Renault will also commence development programmes on Tuesday. New signing Lewis Hamilton and test driver Pedro de la Rosa will be action for the former in two MP4-22s, while the latter will have race drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen in R27s.
Toyota are expected to run their 2007 challenger, the TF107. The Japanese team, who launched the new car over two weeks ago, have yet to test it in public alongside its rivals. Ralf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli and tester Franck Montagny are likely to be in action over the three days.
Although Spyker and Toro Rosso will be absent, Honda, Williams, Red Bull and Super Aguri are also expected at Valencia during the week. Note that all schedules are provisional and subject to change. Check back later in the week for daily updates on the teams testing progress.