While a number of the leading teams again took the track in Valencia, Midland and Super Aguri instead braved the cold conditions at Silverstone to complete a single day of testing at the home of the British Grand Prix.

Midland had three drivers present for the test session, which was the first time that the second new MF16 had taken to the track.

Test drivers Giorgio Mondini and Markus Winklehock both spent time behind the wheel to help finalise their preparation for completing third driver duties in the opening two races of the season in Bahrain and Malaysia while Tiago Monteiro was also present to take part in the shakedown and helped the team work through a series of practice pit-stops during the afternoon as weather conditions worsened.

"Unfortunately, we weren't able to do much hard running today, as it was freezing cold and actually snowed quite a bit!" Monteiro said at the end of the teams final pre-season test. "But we did manage to shake down the new car, test out the new gearbox and practice some pit stops and refueling, so it was a pretty useful test.

"As usual, the mechanical components and team members performed flawlessly. Now, everyone is excited and getting ready for the first race in two weeks. Personally, I can say that I'm really looking forward to being in a warm, dry climate again!"

Super Aguri meanwhile took to the track late in the day, but with snow storms descending on Silverstone, Takuma Sato and Yuji Ide were unable to complete too much meaningful running as the team completed its first laps with the SA05 in the aerodynamic configuration it is expected to start the season in.

The car also featured a new red and white livery and had the first signs of sponsorship ahead of the opening race of the year in less than two weeks time.

With Formula BMW and Formula Renault now taking over Silverstone for two days of testing, neither team will return to the track on Wednesday - with Midland preparing to pack up its cars and head to Bahrain at the end of the week.


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