Members of the Renault F1 team seem fairly happy about the race regulation changes that were decided upon in December last year. Friday testing, one-lap qualifying, a new points system and new tyre specification all appear to have met with ...
Members of the Renault F1 team seem fairly happy about the race regulation changes that were decided upon in December last year. Friday testing, one-lap qualifying, a new points system and new tyre specification all appear to have met with equilibrium and optimism from the drivers and technical staff alike.
"It's an excellent opportunity, especially for those venues where testing is not possible. Fernando Alonso will be able to familiarise himself better with every circuit, and this decision will not detract from our development programme."
The drivers themselves are both looking forward to the new qualifying challenge: "I have already worked with an identical system in karting," said Jarno trulli. "It promises to be an interesting exercise, with no margin for error. We will have to be careful not to over-drive, not to want to do too much, otherwise we could end up paying a big price. I have always loved qualifying, so I think I will like this new rule."
Fernando Alonso concurs: "Like Jarno, I have used a similar system in karting, and it wasn't so bad for me," he commented. "I believe this measure is good for spectators, and we are likely to have some unusual grids, which is in turn promising for the race itself."
Tyre manufacturers can now supply different specifications to its two dry tyre compounds and there will only be one wet tyre option. Engineering Director Pat Symonds thinks the tyre changes will increase competitiveness:
"As a French team, we want to become Michelin's number one partner," Symonds said. "We have worked hand in hand for months, and this new measure should enable us to be even more competitive. Along with aerodynamics, tyres are the key performance factor in modern F1 and, as such, demand a great deal of attention."