Third day of testing for the ING Renault F1 Team in Jerez. Fernando Alonso R27-06 49 laps 213 km fastest lap: 1'20.363 The ING Renault F1 Team concluded its first test of the season today -- a significant test given that it saw the return of...
Third day of testing for the ING Renault F1 Team in Jerez.
Fernando Alonso R27-06
fastest lap: 1'20.363
The ING Renault F1 Team concluded its first test of the season today -- a significant test given that it saw the return of Fernando Alonso.
The Spaniard was at the wheel of the R27 again today for his second day of work with the team. Morning rain made for a wet track at the beginning of the session, and the team made the most of this as Fernando completed several runs in the tricky conditions. The team then decided to wait until the track conditions had improved before continuing with their programme, which allowed Fernando to find his feet with the new 2008 regulations that deprive the drivers of various electronic aids. The Spaniard also worked on the aerodynamic balance of the car and the engine mapping.
The changeable weather certainly delayed the team's programme, but the information gathered from the day is still interesting. And importantly, Fernando was pleased to have the opportunity to get back behind the wheel before his next test with the team in Valencia next week with the new car.
At the end of the day, Fernando had completed 49 laps, setting set the third fastest time of the day in 1'20:363.
Fernando Alonso: "I feel more than happy with today. We have worked well and made good progress. Today I was able to feel the changes that were gradually made to the car and the overall result is encouraging. I was expecting to have more difficulties with the new regulations, but everything has gone smoothly which is positive. I am well aware that there is much more to do but it is a good start and I'm happy.
Christian Silk, Test Chief Engineer: This has been a productive day and we have made progress despite the poor track conditions and we made the most of the rain to complete some laps on a wet track. Fernando has now completed two days work and it has been a good return for him. The car ran without any problems and so we have been able to maximise the first days of running with Fernando and prepare for the arrival of the new car next week.
The team will be on-track again tomorrow with Alvaro Parente at the wheel of the R27. The young Portuguese driver has been invited to take part at this test after winning the World Series by Renault 2007 title.