With winter testing fast approaching, Renault F1 Team driver, Robert Kubica, made a beeline for Enstone last week to begin his preparation for the 2010 season. It may have been icy and snowy in the UK, but Robert arrived bright and early at the team's base in Enstone to try the cockpit of his new challenger for size.
Once Robert had made himself comfortable in a mock-up of the R30, he met up with Team Principal, Eric Boullier, for a progress report and to talk about his hopes for the year ahead. He then headed off to the wind tunnel to see the latest developments being put through their paces on the rolling road. Then Robert visited the composites lab to inspect some of the carbon fibre components that will soon be fitted to the first 2010 chassis.
It was also the chance for Robert to get to know his car crew a little better as he joined his engineers for lunch in the canteen. He'll be back at the factory at the end of the month to complete the seat fit, but before that he's keeping his driving skills sharp by competing in the Monte Carlo Rally in a Renault Clio R3.