Renault Jerez test notes 2008-09-17

The ING Renault F1 Team begins its final test of the season Lucas Di Grassi, R28-04, 90 laps, 399 km, fastest lap 1:20.853 The ING Renault F1 Team was back in action today in Jerez as the team's test driver, Lucas Di Grassi, completed the...

The ING Renault F1 Team begins its final test of the season

Lucas Di Grassi, R28-04, 90 laps, 399 km, fastest lap 1:20.853

The ING Renault F1 Team was back in action today in Jerez as the team's test driver, Lucas Di Grassi, completed the first of three days testing at the Spanish circuit.

Conditions were warm and sunny as the team began its final test of the season. That allowed the team to make good progress with its technical programme which involved assessing some aerodynamic developments that the team hopes to introduce for the final four races of the season.

By the end of the day, Lucas had covered a total of 90 laps, giving the team a good baseline to work from for the rest of the week. It also gave the Brazilian some valuable mileage as he continues to gain Formula 1experience. Lucas will remain in the car for the rest of the week.

Lucas Di Grassi: "Today we tested some new parts for the last couple of races. Everything went well and there were no problems during the day, although we had to get used to the new track surface as they have resurfaced it since the last time we were here. It's very different as they have taken out some curbs and added some curbs in other parts of the track. It was very hot in the afternoon, but it was nice to be back in the R28 and I quickly got comfortable with the car and I'm looking forward to the rest of the week."

Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: "It's been a while since Lucas has driven the car and so we spent some time getting him used to it once again. They have resurfaced the circuit, which has changed its characteristics a little bit for the car and the tyres and so we had to learn about that this morning. But overall I'm reasonably happy with the first day as we've done a bit of work for the races coming up and will continue with that tomorrow."

-credit: renault

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