Vitantonio Liuzzi topped the times at Mugello on Tuesday, as Toro Rosso and Ferrari both opted to stay 'at home' in Italy and test, as opposed to joining virtually all of their rivals in Spain at Jerez.

Liuzzi completed 80 laps in total in his STR-02 and his quickest, a 1 minute 24.203 seconds - four tenths up on Ferrari's veteran test driver, Luca Badoer, who it should be noted, was evaluating new electronic components based on the 2008 regulations.

Despite losing a few hours in the morning due to a mechanical problem, Liuzzi had a fruitful day, focusing on set-up work aimed at improving the balance of the car and evaluating new brake materials. Aero work was also on the agenda, some of it for the forthcoming Hungarian Grand Prix, the next round in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship.

Badoer meanwhile managed 50 laps in the Ferrari F2007, his best a 1min 24.633 seconds.

Testing now continues on Wednesday.

Testing times (24 July) - Mugello:

Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1min 24.203secs 80 lapsLuca Badoer Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 24.633secs 50 laps

all times unofficial

Track/weather conditions: Cloudy, some rain in the morning.

 

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