Renault Monza test notes 2004-09-01

Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso in action for the team on the first day of testing at Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix. Chassis programme Both drivers conducted set-up work for the forthcoming Grand Prix, making progressive improvements in...

Jarno Trulli and Fernando Alonso in action for the team on the first day of testing at Monza ahead of the Italian Grand Prix.

Chassis programme
Both drivers conducted set-up work for the forthcoming Grand Prix, making progressive improvements in the car's handling. The team was also monitoring brake wear, and experienced no problems in this area. However, both cars were delayed during the morning by minor electrical problems, which slightly disrupted both drivers' programmes.

Engine programme
Both cars experienced a trouble-free day on the engine side, an encouraging sign given the severity of the circuit for engine reliability. The team also ran solutions to the oil leak problem experienced at Spa-Francorchamps last Sunday.

Tyre programme
Both drivers completed the initial phase of the tyre selection programme, and will continue their work tomorrow to hone their choices for the Grand Prix.

Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer:

"In spite of several small niggles during running this morning, we completed a successful first day of running at Monza. Both drivers quickly settled back in to running the car in its low-downforce configuration, and the Monza-specific aero package performed as expected. The engine reliability was encouraging, and we have made good progress with the tyre programme, giving us a solid base for continuing our work tomorrow."

Fernando Alonso
Chassis: R24-07
110 laps, 637 km
Best time: 1:21.702

Jarno Trulli
Chassis: R24-05
65 laps, 377 km
Best time: 1:22.300

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jarno Trulli , Fernando Alonso