Renault pre-season testing update

Since it first turned a wheel at Valencia on 26 November last year, the hybrid version of the R23 has completed a significant amount of running in the hands of the Renault F1 Team drivers. With the start of the new season just a few weeks away, ...

Since it first turned a wheel at Valencia on 26 November last year, the hybrid version of the R23 has completed a significant amount of running in the hands of the Renault F1 Team drivers. With the start of the new season just a few weeks away, Executive Director of Engineering Pat Symonds shared his thoughts on the Team's progress this winter...

"The mechanical parts of the package were ready very early," explains Pat. "This meant we were able to make the most of our track time over the winter: the engine, gearbox, suspension and monocoque of the 2003 car have already run thousands of kilometres. The extra time was useful: we resolved a few small teething troubles quickly -- just the kind of gremlins you expect from any new car.

"We have experienced a few small worries on the engine side, but we are confident that the Team will be able to solve them before Melbourne."

Overall, Symonds is pleased with the progress that has been made over the winter. "From an overall point of view, we are very happy with the R23," he said. "On the mechanical side, the step forward has exceeded our initial expectations. And we still haven't really pushed in terms of performance. The car will be fitted with its definitive aero package next week, and we should make another step then. This package will be very close to what was seen on the car at the launch in Switzerland."

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