Renault heads out to Spain

Loaded with two hybrid R23 race cars and several tonnes of equipment, the Renault F1 Team trucks rolled out of Enstone early this morning for a long sequence of testing, firstly setting up in Barcelona then moving on to Valencia... and then back...

Loaded with two hybrid R23 race cars and several tonnes of equipment, the Renault F1 Team trucks rolled out of Enstone early this morning for a long sequence of testing, firstly setting up in Barcelona then moving on to Valencia... and then back to Barcelona! Heavy snow which fell throughout England overnight is sure to make their journey south even more difficult.

Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso, Allan McNish and Franck Montagny with the new Renault F1 R23.
Photo by Renault F1.
The Team's first test session will run from 3 to 5 February, with Jarno Trulli, Fernando Alonso and Allan McNish all driving during the three days; the Team, though, will arrive 48 hours earlier in order to set up the garages and equipment. During the session, work will focus will include tyre evaluation, reliability running for the mechanical components of the R23 and some new developments.

"Our winter testing is progresing well," admits Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering. "We have been able to make lots of progress in the last few weeks with the hybrid car, and our aim to is to the car as reliable as possible for Melbourne. This means that we won't be focusing on performance next week, but rather on learning even more about the car and how it behaves."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Allan McNish , Franck Montagny , Fernando Alonso
Teams Renault F1 Team