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Valencia day one - Wurz sets the pace 20 Feb 2007

Alex Wurz (AUT) Williams FW29, Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day One, Monday 19 February 2007. World © Sutton Kazuki Nakajima (JPN)Williams FW29, Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day One, Monday 19 February 2007. World © Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker. Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day One, Monday 19 February 2007. World © Sutton Giedo van der Garde (NDL) Spyker F8-VII Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day One, Monday 19 February 2007. World © Sutton Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams FW29, Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day One, Monday 19 February 2007. World © Sutton

Alexander Wurz was the quickest runner during the first day of testing at Valencia on Monday, clocking a best time of 1m 11.600s around the Spanish circuit for Williams. Wurz’s team mate Kazuki Nakajima, who was originally reported as the fastest driver following a timing-system problem, was over one second slower in the other FW29.

Wurz focused on set-up work in the team’s 2007 car. The Austrian completed only 54 laps, after finishing his day early to allow the team to make some changes to the car ahead of Wednesday’s running. Nakajima, meanwhile, covered 113 laps, as he carried out long runs. The Japanese tester's programme included a full race distance evaluation in the afternoon, complete with pit stops.

Williams were joined at the test by Spyker. The Dutch team, building on the momentum of last week’s session in Barcelona, fielded two F8-VIIs for the first time. While race driver Adrian Sutil, fourth, completed a brief shakedown of the second chassis, two of the team’s new test drivers made their maiden outings in the 2007 car.

With Adrian Valles taking charge of driving duties in the morning, Giedo van der Garde got behind the wheel in the afternoon. Valles was hampered by a damp track but managed to carry out longer runs as the surface began to dry out. He covered 42 laps in total and finished fifth. After lunch, Van der Garde completed 86 laps, clocking the best time in the F8-VIII to take the third slot.

“It was another productive day of testing and, again, we had exemplary reliability,” explained Mike Gascoyne, Spyker’s chief technical officer. “Today the aim was to do as much mileage as possible for the two test drivers and to continue to work through all our control systems. Both Adrian and Giedo did a good job, both putting in enough miles to qualify for their Superlicences. They also helped the team gather some valuable data on the electrical systems.”

Testing continues in Valencia on Tuesday.

Unofficial Monday times from Valencia:
1. Alexander Wurz, Williams, 1:11.600
2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:12.950
3. Giedo van der Garde, Spyker, 1:13.700
4. Adrian Sutil, Spyker, 1:15.384
5. Adrian Valles, Spyker, 1:15.637