The ING Renault F1 team today concluded its final in-season test of the 2007 season in Jerez, Spain with Nelson Piquet Jr. once again in action for the team. The programme aimed at completing the test work begun earlier in the week, which...
The ING Renault F1 team today concluded its final in-season test of the 2007 season in Jerez, Spain with Nelson Piquet Jr. once again in action for the team.
The programme aimed at completing the test work begun earlier in the week, which included the necessary preparations for the final races of the season but also work for 2008, notably looking at on-board software and driver aids.
Nelson Piquet Jr carried out the driving duties for all three days of the test, and once again completed the most laps of the drivers present, with a total of 120 laps, which equates to 531 km. He thereby completed his technical programme, and collected a significant amount of valuable information for analysis back at the factory.
The Brazilian spent the morning conducting control systems work for 2008, prior to completing aero and set-up testing in the afternoon. He finished the day with fifth-fastest time in 1:20.655, and successfully completed three busy days which should allow the team to tackle the final races of a tough season with optimism.
Nelson Piquet Jr:
"I really enjoyed my testing this week, and it was good to get three full days. I always aim to get the maximum from the experience every time I step into the car, and I think we did a good job this week. We did a lot of laps, and reached some interesting conclusions."
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer:
"This was an encouraging test. We completed our programme without any major problems, and we did some good tests that are relevant for the final three races as well as next year. Nelson did a good job, made progress throughout the three days, and I think it was a good step for him to complete a full three-day test on his own."
Nelson Piquet Jr
120 laps, 531 km
Best lap: 1:20.655