Practice makes perfect ! The Tech 1 Racing team has been getting to grips with the Nurburgring in preparation for the start of the Formula Renault World Series season. After the Megane Trophy tests, the Formula...
Practice makes perfect !
The Tech 1 Racing team has been getting to grips with the Nurburgring in preparation for the start of the Formula Renault World Series season. After the Megane Trophy tests, the Formula Renault 3.5 single-seaters took to the track on Wednesday and Thursday for the final official test before the first race at Zolder.
It was the first time for Ryo Fukuda and Jerome d'Ambrosio at the Nurburgring, which will host the 10th and 11th races of the season in August. With a bit of luck, the weather will be kinder then than it was last week. Freezing temperatures and a biting wind, as well as snow and ice, characterised a test that had the proper feel of winter--
Simon Abadie's team had initially planned a tyre test programme. But the conditions forced the Toulouse-based outfit into a rapid re-think. Simon commented : " We continued to accumulate data by exploring different set-ups instead. I think we've now arrived at a good base set-up. On top of that, I'm also very happy with the organisation of our team generally. We're fighting fit and ready to attack the 2006 season now ! "
Ryo Fukuda ended up 15th overall without having to use a second set of new tyres. Simon added : " By moving onto a new set of tyres he could have set eighth quickest time, but that was not why we were there. The important thing is that Ryo seems happy with his set-up. We're going down the right road, even if we still have to catch up a few tenths of a second here and there. "
Jerome d'Ambrosio had to settle for 28th place. Simon reported : " He's making progress, but there is still some way to go before he shows his full potential. In order to unlock it, we have to specifically adapt the set-up to his driving style. "
Between now and Zolder, the Tech 1 Racing team is going to put the two hours of engine running time allocated to each car by Renault Sport to good use. Simon said : " We are going to carry out the tyre test programme scheduled for the Nurburgring at Magny-Cours instead. We're also going to spend some time doing straight-line tests at Lurcy-Levis in order to refine our aerodynamic set-up. "