A problem-free first session for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today at Monza. During the two hours of `Heathrow' testing, the three drivers completed more than 124 laps in total, which equates to more than two race distances. Pat Symonds, ...
A problem-free first session for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team today at Monza. During the two hours of `Heathrow' testing, the three drivers completed more than 124 laps in total, which equates to more than two race distances.
Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:
"We had a useful morning because, although we tested here last week, we were not able to complete our programme. Our work this morning therefore enabled us to concentrate on the final details. As we would expect after two days of testing last week, the balance of the cars is already close to what we want, but as ever, this afternoon will be the true indicator of our performance."
Allan McNish, test driver:
"After testing last week, the team came here with a good idea of the set-up we would need as well as plenty of data on the tyres. As a consequence, I was able to do more work on chassis set-up than usual. From a personal point of view, I am pleased to be back at Monza, driving on a fast track that I have always liked. As for the car, the chassis inspires confidence in the driver, which allows us to push to the limit. Overall, I think we can be confident of a good result, even if it is likely to be a tough fight."
Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:
"A normal Friday morning, with good conditions and free of mechanical trouble. We conducted a typical programme of fine-tuning the engine, which was completed without incident. We can also confirm today, following last night's results from the dynamometer, that the new specification cylinder head will be used in the race."
44 laps: 1st, 1:22.083
40 laps: 2nd, 1:22.507
40 laps: 3rd, 1:22.533