US GP: Renault Friday test notes

A productive morning's work for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team during private testing for the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Overall, the team's three cars completed 140 laps, just under two race distances. The drivers concentrated on evaluating...

A productive morning's work for the Mild Seven Renault F1 Team during private testing for the US Grand Prix at Indianapolis. Overall, the team's three cars completed 140 laps, just under two race distances. The drivers concentrated on evaluating tyres for both Indy and Suzuka, as well as establishing the base-line set-ups for the rest of the weekend.

Pat Symonds, Executive Director of Engineering:

"A productive morning for us during which we were able to evaluate our Suzuka tyres as well as conducting our normal work for the race. The general balance of the cars is close, and if the rain which is forecast for tomorrow comes, we will have fully exploited the advantage this extra session gives us."

Allan McNish, test driver:

"From my point of view, I'm pleased with the work we managed to do this morning: all three cars completed a good amount of mileage, and we managed to test some tyres for Suzuka in addition to our work for this race. On the chassis side, we need to work to dial out some understeer and improve the low-speed grip, but these are areas that you always need to work on here. This year, we have already proved that we are competitive on every type of circuit, and I think our pace this morning is encouraging."

Denis Chevrier, Engine Operations Manager:

"No problems at all on the engine side during the two hours of testing this morning. We conducted our usual race preparation work in addition to the final calibration of the engines, and also managed to test the latest developments we have brought to Indy. Given that weather conditions are expected to be variable for the rest of the weekend, our work this morning could prove decisive."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Allan McNish
Teams Renault F1 Team