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Monza plays host to pre-Italy test 28 Aug 2007

Fernando Alonso (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/22.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Turkish Grand Prix, Race, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Sunday, 26 August 2007 Nick Heidfeld (GER) BMW Sauber F1.07.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 12, Turkish Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Istanbul Park, Turkey, Saturday, 25 August 2007

Less than 48 hours after Turkey bid farewell to the Formula One fraternity for another year, all 11 teams are expected back on track this week for a test at Monza. The circuit will host the Italian Grand Prix in just under two weeks’ time.

Most teams plan to begin their programmes at the Italian track on Tuesday. Championship rivals Ferrari and McLaren are set to attend the test to make crucial preparations for the forthcoming race. BMW Sauber will also begin work on Tuesday, with race drivers Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica expected at the low-downforce circuit.

Other anticipated Tuesday runners include Toyota, Red Bull, Honda, Renault and Williams. In light of recent disappointments, Toro Rosso will also be in action, testing several new parts during the week. The Italian squad’s new driver Sebastian Vettel is expected behind the wheel of the STR2 at Monza for his first proper test with the team.

Spyker, meanwhile, will test for two days from Wednesday. The Dutch squad plan to unleash their new B-spec F8-VII for its first full test day.

Check back throughout the week for daily updates on the teams’ progress. Note - all schedules are provisional and subject to change.