Paul Ricard test day one 2006-04-05

F1 Teams started their first day at the Paul Ricard HTTT: Renault F1 (Heikki Kovalainen), McLaren Mercedes (Pedro de La Rosa / Gary Paffett), BMW Sauber (Jacques Villeneuve / Robert Kubica) and Panasonic Toyota Racing (Ricardo Zonta / Olivier ...

F1 Teams started their first day at the Paul Ricard HTTT: Renault F1 (Heikki Kovalainen), McLaren Mercedes (Pedro de La Rosa / Gary Paffett), BMW Sauber (Jacques Villeneuve / Robert Kubica) and Panasonic Toyota Racing (Ricardo Zonta / Olivier Panis), present during the last tests in March, have been joined by Team Red Bull Racing and its test driver Robert Doornbos, for a new 3-day test session.

The cars took the usual 3E SC track solution (3,818 km) with a seasonal temperature (20°C air temperature and 33°C on the track this afternoon). The best lap was set by Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen (Renault F1) in 1:04.927, who drove with two cars to prepare for the arrival of Giancarlo Fisichella tomorrow. Pole Robert Kubica (BMW Sauber) completed the greatest number of laps (149).

The test will continue tomorrow on the same track solution with the same teams. Italian Giancarlo Fisichella will join Heikki Kovalainen at Renault F1. Red Bull Racing will rely on Vitantonio Liuzzi who will take the wheel of the second Red Bull Racing.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Olivier Panis , Jacques Villeneuve , Ricardo Zonta , Robert Doornbos , Heikki Kovalainen , Gary Paffett , Vitantonio Liuzzi , Robert Kubica
Teams Red Bull Racing , Mercedes , Sauber , McLaren , Toyota Racing