Renault Barcelona test notes 2007-11-14

Today the ING Renault F1 Team made good progress during its second day of testing on the Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona. Like yesterday, today's programme was based around testing the reliability of next season's common ECU. With Heikki ...

Today the ING Renault F1 Team made good progress during its second day of testing on the Circuit de Catalunya, near Barcelona.

Like yesterday, today's programme was based around testing the reliability of next season's common ECU. With Heikki Kovalainen still at the wheel, the ING Renault F1 Team continued its development programme on the basis of the tests and data gathered yesterday.

The Finn spent most of the morning doing set-up work to evaluate his car's reactions to the various solutions tested. He then worked on brake testing and the new procedures that the team has had to put in place when using the new ECU.

The team made good progress today and covered 302 kilometres. It also made a lot of headway with its programme despite a minor electrical glitch in the afternoon. At the end of the session Heikki set the third-fastest time in 1:21.894.

Heikki Kovalainen:

"The day went pretty well. We lost a little bit of track time early afternoon, but it was nothing serious and I reckon we've made good progress. The car ran well and we're going in the right direction. That's what really counts."

Christian Silk, Test Chief Engineer:

"We've made a good step forward today. The mechanics did a really good job to allow us to cover the maximum number of laps. Heikki made good progress. He's found his marks and he feels comfortable in the car, which has proved reliable over the last two days. Tomorrow, we're hoping to take full advantage of our last day here to complete our programme."

Heikki Kovalainen
Chassis: R27-06
65 laps, 302 km
Fastest lap: 1:21.894

-credit: renault

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heikki Kovalainen
Teams Renault F1 Team