Toro Rosso Bahrain test notes 2006-02-16

For the final day of this test session, Tonio and Scott were allowed to play at racing drivers. The Italian was first up in the cockpit this morning and the programme involved a race weekend simulation. "First we went through a qualifying run to...

For the final day of this test session, Tonio and Scott were allowed to play at racing drivers. The Italian was first up in the cockpit this morning and the programme involved a race weekend simulation.

"First we went through a qualifying run to get everyone used to the new system for Saturday afternoons and then we repeated it with a different strategy," explained Chief Engineer, Lauren Mekies. "Then Tonio did a couple of long runs, twenty laps each with refueling and tyre changing pit stops. Tonio did a fantastic job."

In the afternoon, it was Speed's turn to run through the same programme. "The track conditions were very different in the afternoon, with the wind changing direction and it allowed us a good insight into what to do with the car if this should happen over the race weekend," continued Mekies.

"Scott also did a good job and, over the four days as a whole, we completed a good mileage and the team of mechanics and engineers worked very well. We are still quite a way from where we want to be, but we are making progress."

Scuderia Toro Rosso will be back on track in Imola, just a few miles from the Faenza factory, when it resumes testing on Tuesday 21 February, when Neel Jani will be back in the cockpit.

Car: RB 1
Driver: Tonio Liuzzi (morning)
Laps: 56
Best time: 1:31.380

Car: RB 1
Driver: Scot Speed (afternoon)
Laps: 62
Best time: 1:32.640

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Neel Jani
Teams Toro Rosso