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Barcelona Testing, Day 2, 02/02/2008


By Renault F1
February 2 2008

The ING Renault F1 Team remained in Barcelona today to continue with its winter testing programme. Both R28s were in action again with Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet on driving duty. Cold, overcast conditions remained for today, and track conditions were far from ideal.

 Fernando concentrated on long runs in the morning, before working on aero testing as the team added new parts to the car. Nelson completed more basic set-up work as he too completed some long runs, and then took the opportunity to familiarise himself with various race procedures with some practice starts and pit-stops.

Both drivers completed their programmes as planned and enjoyed a productive day. With good reliability on both cars, it was the chance to put more miles on the R28. Fernando covered a total of 115 laps, setting a best time of 1’22:938, while Nelson similarly recorded 115 laps, almost double a race distance, with a best lap of 1’23:002.

The team remain in Barcelona for the final day of testing tomorrow with Fernando and Nelson remaining in the cars.

Fernando Alonso: “The track conditions were not great today, but we did not have any problems and I did lots of laps, so we have lots of data that we will have to go through tonight with the engineers. We will finish our programme tomorrow for the last day here in Barcelona, and I hope we can continue improving our understanding of the new car.”

Nelson Piquet: “It was a good day for me as I completed my programme and drove for the whole day, which was what I needed. I’m feeling more comfortable with the car and we are definitely making progress. We did some practice starts and pitstops at the end of the day because without traction control a lot of things have changed and we need to get used to it.”

Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: “Today was a positive day and we achieved good mileage with both cars, without any problems. I was happy with the performance of both drivers and we learnt a lot about the car performance-wise, which has given us lots of interesting data to work with tomorrow. We did some long runs this afternoon with Nelson, so I’m very pleased with the day overall as we achieved the majority of our objectives.”


DRIVER

TEAM

BEST

LAPS

1

VETTEL

Toro Rosso

1’21.679

89

2

BOURDAIS

Toro Rosso

1’21.782

88

3

HAMILTON

McLaren

1’22.135

80

4

KOVALAINEN

McLaren

1’22.511

70

5

KUBICA

BMW

1’22.833

90

6

ALONSO

ING Renault F1 Team

1’22.938

115

7

PIQUET

ING Renault F1 Team

1’23.002

115

8

HEIDFELD

BMW

1’23.014

75

9

WEBBER

Red Bull Racing

1’23.020

94

10

COULTHARD

Red Bull Racing

1’23.322

85

11

ROSBERG

Williams

1’23.347

34

12

NAKAJIMA

Williams

1’23.948

40

13

BUTTON

Honda

1’23.959

58

14

LIUZZI

Force India

1’24.263

61


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