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Testing resumes at Paul Ricard 15 May 2007

Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari Formula One Testing, Paul Ricard HTTT, France. 16 May 2006. World © Patching/Sutton.

Less than 48 hours after the Spanish Grand Prix, all 11 Formula One teams are expected back on track on Tuesday for the start of a four-day test at the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France.

The focus of the test will be preparations for both the next round of the championship, the Monaco Grand Prix, and the following race in Canada. Two variations of the Paul Ricard layout will be used to simulate the conditions of Monte Carlo and Montreal.

In line with this year’s testing restrictions, teams will be limited to one car per day, with a mixture of race and test drivers conducting the development work. High-downforce aero packages will be high on the list of priorities, as will Bridgestone’s super-soft tyre compound, which will get its first race outing in Monaco.

Champ Car legend Sebastien Bourdais will be back in the cockpit for Toro Rosso, following his successful test with the team last December, while Spyker will be fielding no less than five drivers over the course of the session. Testers Fairuz Fauzy, Markus Winkelhock and Giedo van der Garde will pilot the F8-VII for half a day each, with racers Adrian Sutil and Christijan Albers getting a day apiece at the wheel. Newly-announced test driver James Rossiter will also be in action for Super Aguri.

As always, Formula1.com will bring you daily reports on the teams’ progress, as well as all the latest pictures from Paul Ricard. Note - all schedules are provisional and subject to change.