All teams prepare for Monza test

Tue, 29 August 2006, 09:35

With the August ‘summer’ ban now over, formula one testing will this week be back into top gear at Monza.

At the Italian grand prix venue near Milan, all eleven teams are planning a three-day schedule for the traditional Monza test session.

F1 running is usually forbidden at a grand prix venue in the weeks preceding its actual race, but Monza is given special dispensation due to its uniquely high speeds and the need to run bespoke bodywork and setups.

Ten teams are due to start running at the ‘Autodromo Nazionale’ on Tuesday, with Red Bull Racing then joining the action a day later.

”We have plenty of new ideas to test at Monza,” Renault’s Pat Symonds, who admitted that Renault plan to work on compensatory parts for the banned ‘mass dampers’, confirmed.

Team boss Flavio Briatore told ‘AS’ newspaper: ”For Monza we have prepared a engine evolution and new (Michelin) tyres.

”We will be back on the attack.”

It is also reported that Honda intend to test its 2007 engine this week, in the hope of getting it ready early for the engine ‘freeze’.

Italian sports newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, meanwhile, confirmed that Luca Badoer and Felipe Massa will kick off championship chaser Ferrari’s programme at Monza, before Michael Schumacher joins in on Wednesday.


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