Italian GP: Renault Friday practice report

The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice in preparation for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix. Fernando Alonso, R2904 Free practice 1: 21 laps, 1:24.477, P4 Run 1: 5 laps, new hard tyres Run 2: 8 laps, same hard tyres, brake...

The ING Renault F1 Team completed a busy day of practice in preparation for this weekend's Italian Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso, R2904

Free practice 1: 21 laps, 1:24.477, P4
Run 1: 5 laps, new hard tyres
Run 2: 8 laps, same hard tyres, brake balance adjust
Run 3: 7 laps, same hard tyres, front ride height and front wing adjust

Free Practice 2: 35 laps, 1:24.297, P3
Run 1: 6 laps, new hard tyres, gear ratios changed
Run 2: 9 laps, new soft tyres
Run 3: 9 laps, new hard tyres
Run 4: 5 laps, same hard tyres, rear wing adjustment
Run 5: 6 laps, new soft tyres

Fernando: "It was a normal Friday for us where we worked on set-up and evaluated the tyres. If we can find some more performance tomorrow then hopefully we can be in good shape for qualifying."

Romain Grosjean, R2903

Free practice 1: 18 laps, 1:25.612, P15
Run 1: 8 laps, new hard tyres
Run 2: 5 laps, same hard tyres, change to front wing
Run 3: 4 laps, same hard tyres, change to ride height and front wing

Free Practice 2: 31 laps, 1:24.163, P2
Run 1: 6 laps, new hard tyres, new gear box ratios
Run 2: 8 laps, new hard tyres
Run 3: 10 laps, new soft tyres
Run 4: 3 laps, same soft tyres, change to engine cooling
Run 5: 5 laps, new soft tyres

Romain: "Today has gone rather well, although I had to learn the Monza circuit for the first time in an F1 car. It's the 'temple of speed' and a legendary circuit where there is a lot to learn, especially running with the KERS and so there were lots of new procedures for me to get used to. We finished the day in good shape and I'm continuing to work well with the engineers. I tried to improve the set-up and the results were positive so I will continue in the same way tomorrow."

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering

"Monza is unique circuit and among the many things we have to consider here is brake wear. For this reason, it is necessary to run quite high fuel loads during practice to test the brakes. At the same time, tyres are critical and equally this is another reason to run high fuel loads. Naturally this gives great changes between race set-up and qualifying set-up so today we ran both high and low fuel loads and we are satisfied with the performance of the car in both conditions."

-credit: renault

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Fernando Alonso , Romain Grosjean
Teams Renault F1 Team