Belgian GP: Renault Friday notes

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team completed a satisfactory first day's work today for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Although the first practice session was shortened owing to foggy conditions, the team nevertheless managed to ...

The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team completed a satisfactory first day's work today for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Although the first practice session was shortened owing to foggy conditions, the team nevertheless managed to complete good mileage during the ninety minutes of free practice. In spite of some handling difficulties, Jenson Button finished sixth while Jarno Trulli claimed a solid twelfth position.

Jenson Button, 6th position, 27 laps

"To be honest, we didn't have a great day. We haven't found the right set-up and the car is just very low on grip all round, both at the front and the rear. The rear end is moving around a lot - it feels like the same problem we had in Hungary, but the circuit here is much less bumpy. I feel uncomfortable with the car at the moment, but we still have time to find the right balance."

Jarno Trulli, 12th position, 29 laps

"I had a very good first day, concentrating mainly on race set-up. The car is working very well, even though we still have some work to do to improve the balance. I'm confident there is more performance left to find in the package."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering, Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"The reduced practice time put us under a little more pressure than normal but we got the fundamentals done and know where we stand for Sunday, assuming it remains dry. The tyres are working well but as usual, there is still work to be done to further improve the balance of the two cars."

Denis Chevrier, Head of Race Engineering (Engine), Mild Seven Renault F1 Team

"We tried to get as much done as possible today in spite of the late start this morning. Given that we only come to this circuit once a year, there is a lot of information to collect, and we managed to complete a typical Friday programme without any nasty surprises or problems."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Jenson Button
Teams Renault F1 Team