Following the end of the summer testing ban, the Renault F1 Team returns to the track this week for a three-day test in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend. The three days will all feature a busy programme of tyre testing and ...
Following the end of the summer testing ban, the Renault F1 Team returns to the track this week for a three-day test in preparation for the Italian Grand Prix next weekend.
The three days will all feature a busy programme of tyre testing and aero validation work on the special aero package used in Monza. The team's three drivers will alternate their running this week to maximize the team's mileage.
Giancarlo Fisichella's two-day programme began with set-up work this morning to adapt the car to the circuit, and he then started work on a tyre programme. A mechanical problem curtailed the Roman's running after 91 laps, but this morning's running already demonstrated an encouraging level of performance. The problem will be fixed overnight, and Fisico will continue his testing tomorrow.
Across the garage, test driver Heikki Kovalainen concentrated on tyre testing with Michelin. He is working on the tyre choice for next week's race, and the two French manufacturers are working hard to find the best solution in terms of one-lap performance and endurance.
By the end of the day, the young Finn had completed his programme after a total of 100 laps, which left him in sixthposition with a time of 1'23.242. Heikki Kovalainen will continue his test programme on Thursday.
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer:
"This first day has been really encouraging although we had small problems that have been fixed for our second day of testing. The track was really green today but the drivers were immediately satisfied with the balance of the car and we already made good progress on both cars."
"It will probably be a tough race here next week but our first day of testing has been encouraging and we know that the track will develop a lot before next week end, therefore it's a good basis for the rest of our programme. "
The Renault F1 Team will continue its development work tomorrow with Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel of the R26.