Canadian GP: Renault Friday practice notes

Today the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today had a positive start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. The drivers ventured out in the first session with Giancarlo setting the 7th fastest time while Fernando completed two installation laps, to...

Today the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today had a positive start to the Canadian Grand Prix weekend. The drivers ventured out in the first session with Giancarlo setting the 7th fastest time while Fernando completed two installation laps, to conserve the car for this afternoon's session.

The second session was more productive with both drivers completing longer runs, even though the track surface was slippery the team managed to gather valuable information.

Fernando Alonso:

"It was a satisfactory Friday for us, as we managed to have long runs this afternoon - which helped on this newly asphalted circuit. We completed the programme we had planned this morning and did not have any mechanical problem throughout the day. I was lucky because in the long runs I managed to get clean laps, considering that the circuit is short and that it was quite congested, with third drivers. It was a nearly a perfect Friday."

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"I experienced a lot of traffic this afternoon, otherwise I may have been in a higher position. The track was slippery which makes it that more difficult to decide on tyre choice for tomorrow. The car was improving all of the time and I am quite optimistic."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:

"A reasonably normal Friday programme for us. We didn't run too much in the first session as we felt the new track surface needed some rubber on it. But we made up for this in the afternoon with some long runs. As always on this track, traffic is a problem, but we gathered some useful data and everything looks in reasonable shape for the weekend."

Denis Chevrier, Head of Engine Operations:

"It was hard for us today to define where we are because we had to run a lot of laps on this newly surfaced circuit and the conditions were ever changing. We have completed the programme, the car looks competitive and we should be in good shape for tomorrow."

Fernando Alonso
32 laps in total
3rd, 1:15.376

Giancarlo Fisichella
33 laps in total
6th, 1:15.852

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Fernando Alonso
Teams Renault F1 Team