Paul Ricard test day one

F1 Teams Renault F1 (Fernando Alonso/Heikki Kovalainen), Ferrari (Felipe Massa), McLaren Mercedes (Kimi Raikkonen/Juan Pablo Montoya), BMW Sauber (Nick Heidfeld/Robert Kubica), Panasonic Toyota Racing (Ralf Schumacher/Jarno Trulli), Red Bull...

F1 Teams Renault F1 (Fernando Alonso/Heikki Kovalainen), Ferrari (Felipe Massa), McLaren Mercedes (Kimi Raikkonen/Juan Pablo Montoya), BMW Sauber (Nick Heidfeld/Robert Kubica), Panasonic Toyota Racing (Ralf Schumacher/Jarno Trulli), Red Bull Racing (Christian Klien/ Robert Doornbos) and Toro Rosso (Scott Speed) start a new test session at the Paul Ricard HTTT.

During this first day drivers used the 2D SC short track solution (3,593 km). This slow and sinuous track solution uses the Hairpin, north and south Chicanes in the Mistral straight, the Signes chicane and the Petit Beausset.

Teams continue tomorrow on this track solution to prepare for the Monaco Grand Prix. Thursday and Friday they will use the 1E V1 SC short track solution (5,406 km).

F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso set today's fastest lap in 01:05.686 and completed the greatest number of laps (143). Renault F1 took this opportunity to welcome guests at the Grand Prix Hall.

The test session will continue tomorrow on the same track solution. Some driver changes will take place in three teams: Jacques Villeneuve will take over from Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber), David Coulthard from Robert Doornbos (Red Bull Racing) and Vitantonio Liuzzi will take over from Scott Speed at the wheel of the only Toro Rosso car.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Juan Pablo Montoya
Teams Ferrari , Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toro Rosso