Hockenheim Testing, Day 1, 08/07/2008 The ING Renault F1 Team begins testing in Hockenheim Nelson Piquet, R28-04, 111 laps, 508 km, fastest lap 1:16.856 The ING Renault F1 Team began testing in Hockenheim today, less than 48 hours after taking...
Hockenheim Testing, Day 1, 08/07/2008
The ING Renault F1 Team begins testing in Hockenheim
Nelson Piquet, R28-04, 111 laps, 508 km, fastest lap 1:16.856
The ING Renault F1 Team began testing in Hockenheim today, less than 48 hours after taking the chequered flag in Sunday's British Grand Prix.
Much like the conditions for Sunday's race, the weather in Hockenheim was overcast with frequent rain showers hitting the circuit. With changeable track conditions the team therefore had to adapt its programme accordingly.
Nelson Piquet was in the R28 for the first day of running, covering 111 laps in total, equivalent to 508 km. He made the most of the changeable weather to run in both dry and wet conditions as he concentrated on set-up work and general race preparation for next week's German Grand Prix.
Nelson will hand the R28 over to Fernando Alonso tomorrow as the Spaniard will complete the final two days of testing with the team.
Nelson Piquet: "We didn't manage to do as many laps as we could have with all the rain interruptions, but overall it has been a positive day and it was nice to drive here in the week before the Grand Prix. It's quite a rewarding track to drive, and, even with the changeable track conditions, I was able to do quite a lot of work with the set-up of the car in preparation for the race next week."
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: "The weather was a bit inclement today as we had a few rain showers, but the main test items were completed, which was pleasing. The car was reliable, and Nelson did a good day's work, which puts us in a good position for tomorrow when Fernando will be in the car."