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Pre-season testing not quite over 05 Mar 2007

Franck Montagny (FRA) Toyota Test Driver. Formula One Testing, Barcelona, Spain, Day Two, Tuesday 13 February 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR2 Formula One Testing, Day One, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 22 February 2007. World © Patching/Sutton Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari F2007. F1 Testing, Day Six, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Thursday, 1 March 2007. World © Hartley/Sutton Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII Formula One Testing, Valencia, Spain, Day Two, 20 February 2007. World © Sutton Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB3. F1 Testing, Day Five, Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, Wednesday, 28 February 2007. World © Patching/Sutton

Last week’s sessions in Bahrain and Spain may have been the final multi-team tests before the Australian Grand Prix, but that doesn’t mean we won’t see cars on track again before Melbourne. Several teams are planning last-minute solo outings to shakedown new chassis or to make vital, eleventh-hour modifications.

Red Bull and Toyota both had their fair share of problems in Sakhir and both will be testing again this week. Red Bull will spend two days at Magny-Cours in France, where they will run their new Melbourne-spec aero package, while Toyota will be at the Jerez circuit in Spain.

Ferrari and Toro Rosso will be staying closer to home, the Italian teams heading to Fiorano and Mugello respectively. Ferrari tester Luca Badoer will shakedown the F2007s that will be used at Albert Park, while Toro Rosso will utilise their session to bed in their second STR2 race car.

And in the UK, Spyker will have test driver Markus Winkelhock at the wheel at Silverstone. The German will be charged with shaking down a third F8-VII ahead of the Ferrari-powered car’s imminent race debut.

The next multi-team test session will take place at Kuala Lumpur’s Sepang circuit on March 27-30, just prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix at the track on April 8.