Hungarian GP: Renault Friday test notes

A difficult first session for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team in Hungary. With the circuit in extremely dusty condition, it was difficult to make reliable judgements on the handling of the cars and tyre behaviour. Nevertheless, the team's three ...

A difficult first session for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team in Hungary. With the circuit in extremely dusty condition, it was difficult to make reliable judgements on the handling of the cars and tyre behaviour. Nevertheless, the team's three drivers led the way, Alonso ahead of McNish and Trulli.

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:

"The circuit conditions were appalling this morning. We appreciate that this is an extremely dusty area, but it still seems remarkable that the owners cannot have the track cleaned better than this. Consequently, we were forced to concentrate on development areas not connected with the cars' handling, and still have much to learn."

Allan McNish, test driver:

"From my point of view, it was a good session. Obviously, the circuit conditions were difficult, and we had to monitor closely how the track was changing. However, taking that into account, I think that we have a good balance on the car, and that Michelin has brought a good tyre choice: our package is competitive here. As for the circuit changes, they are pretty straightforward, but the grip level in the new sections is even lower. It will need to improve significantly before anybody can try overtaking."

Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:

"It was a normal session from the engine side. We had a certain amount of fine-tuning to do, particularly in terms of engine mapping and cooling, and we completed everything without any difficulties. We hope to continue working this well for the rest of the weekend."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Allan McNish
Teams Renault F1 Team