Toro Rosso Bahrain test notes 2006-02-13

Apart from the obvious benefits of testing at the track that hosts this year's curtain raiser grand prix, in terms of establishing optimum car set-up and tyre choice, the trip to Sakhir has provided the team with its first taste of summer-style ...

Apart from the obvious benefits of testing at the track that hosts this year's curtain raiser grand prix, in terms of establishing optimum car set-up and tyre choice, the trip to Sakhir has provided the team with its first taste of summer-style weather.

With an air temperature of 23 and the track passing the 30 degree mark, Scott Speed spent the morning working on general set-up, looking at elements such as ride height and aero balance. "The car ran well and it has been very useful to evaluate downforce levels and work out what level to use in the race," commented Chief Engineer, Laurent Mekies.

In the afternoon, Scott embarked on a simulated race distance, including "live" pit stop with full fuel rig use. "Considering that we have several new guys on the team, who have not worked together before, the pit stop went well," continued Mekies.

"Unfortunately, Scott was unable to complete the race distance as the session was red flagged when another car stopped on track. We are using the RB1 here because there was no time to get the STR 1 here after its inaugural test in Jerez last week. STR 1 will be testing again in Imola next week."

Tomorrow, it's Tonio Liuzzi's turn to tackle the desert track.

Car: RB 1
Driver: Scott Speed
Laps: 82
Best time: 1:34.280

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Scott Speed
Teams Toro Rosso