Formula 1 News - January 2006
|25 January: Barcelona Testing, Day 1|
Day 1 of testing at the Circuit de Catalunya saw Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella at work in the new R26, conducting reliability and tyre development.
Fernando Alonso: "I did 94 laps today, which is very good for a new car. The important thing for this early stage is that we had no mechanical problems, so I am quite happy with our results so far. I was still experimenting a bit today because this is the first time I have driven at Barcelona with the V8, so you need some time to get used to the different driving style. The car is easy to drive here as well, and my feeling so far is very good."
Giancarlo Fisichella: "We had a good day, with lots of laps and no big problems. The main job today was working on tyres and we completed a big programme with Michelin. Overall, it was a good day for us."
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: "This was a very good opening day of our test. The programme got off to a slow start, but once the circuit had warmed up properly, we were able to run a big programme. The main focus of the day was tyre development, and we got some excellent results for Michelin from our work on compounds and constructions. We will be hoping to continue in a similar fashion tomorrow."
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