Renault Barcelona test notes 2004-04-07

A disrupted day for Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso at Barcelona, but feedback on the new engine spec remains positive. Chassis programme Both drivers continued with general set-up work during the day, and Trulli once again ran the new chassis...

A disrupted day for Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso at Barcelona, but feedback on the new engine spec remains positive.

Chassis programme
Both drivers continued with general set-up work during the day, and Trulli once again ran the new chassis developments, but feedback was limited by the restricted mileage.

Engine programme
Trulli stopped on the circuit after 28 laps of his planned race distance with an oil leak, which was traced to an ancillary component on the engine. The engine was changed before he took to the track again late in the afternoon.

Alonso got his first taste of the new engine specification, and pronounced it a worthwhile step forward. Unfortunately, a failure on the engine during the afternoon, which has yet to be analysed, restricted his running.

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:

"In terms of running the cars, we had quite a difficult day out in Barcelona, but the feedback from both drivers was nevertheless positive. The prime objective of Jarno's day was to get mileage on the new engine specification, which meant we took the decision to repair the unit and it will be used again tomorrow. While we have not yet located the precise cause of Fernando's problem, his initial impressions were very positive. Both drivers will continue to run with the new engine tomorrow to conclude the session."

Jarno Trulli
Chassis: R24-05
78 laps, 361km
Best time: 1:14.686

Fernando Alonso
Chassis: R24-04
56 laps, 260km
Best time: 1:15.126

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Fernando Alonso