WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT ON A WET DAY AT PAUL RICARD The Formula Renault 3.5 and the Megane Trophy finished two days of development testing on a rainy and cold day at the Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT. StÃ©pahne Ortelli completed 99 laps in the...
WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT ON A WET DAY AT PAUL RICARD
The Formula Renault 3.5 and the Megane Trophy finished two days of development testing on a rainy and cold day at the Circuit Paul Ricard HTTT. Stépahne Ortelli completed 99 laps in the Megane, while Jonathan Cochet and José María López took turns at the wheel of the new World Series car.
Jonathan Cochet was on duty for the first time this morning and he was able to complete some runs in dry conditions, setting a best time of 1'22"749. His role as a development test driver has come to an end but Jonathan is keen to see this new machine in the races: "I have been in love with the car since I saw it assembled in Dallara. Then in Vallelunga I thought to myself, "These guys are going to have fun!" It's been great to work with all the staff from RST and the technical partners. I felt like I was in a small championship myself, you know, meeting up every week for testing. Believe me, this car is like a real mini-Formula 1, with its carbon brakes and paddle-shift gears. It's going to be a fantastic championship!" Now Jonathan is ready to go for the LMES and the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
Cochet stopped at the garage and handed the Formula Renault 3.5 over to the Argentinean José María López. As the new GP2 driver stepped on the track a few spots of rain turned into steady light rain, making the track quite slippery. "I've enjoyed it a lot. Everything has been very well organised, it's just a shame about the rain!" laughs the young driver. "However, I must say that that they have done a great job with this car - the Series is certainly going to be strong!".
Stépahne Ortelli has also completed his task and is now keen to focus on his new sporting season. "For me, it is very satisfying to play a major role in any development project. It has been great to work with Jerôme and the guys again. I'm heading off to another major project with Austin and we are going to be very busy, but I will always be grateful to have been involved in this project. Today we have completed 99 laps in the rain and we are going to give to the teams some very useful data regarding set-up in wet conditions".
Jerôme Mortal sums up these two days of testing at Paul Ricard as follows: "Today we have continued our work on both cars, focusing on the cooling systems and new braking system for the FR 3.5 car, planned for 2006. Due to the rain, we have been able to test different set-ups for wet conditions, but we decided to stop testing earlier than scheduled. Jonathan and José María have completed 332 kilometres. It's been a hard day for José because his car was not using the 2005 tyre compound. Overall, we have seen that all three drivers on duty (Cochet, Kovalainen and López) have adapted very quickly to the car".