The Renault F1 Team completed its first day of young driver testing in Abu Dhabi as Mikhail Aleshin got behind the wheel of the R30 to complete his prize test for winning this year’s World Series by Renault.
Mikhail Aleshin: “It was my first proper day in an F1 car and I have to say it definitely lived up to my expectations. It felt great to be part of the team, working with the engineers and the mechanics and we managed to do lots of different things during the day. By the start of the afternoon we had quite a nice balance with the car and it felt really good. The only issue we had was a hydraulic leak, which cost me some track time at the end of the day. That was a shame because it meant that I couldn’t go out when the track temperature was low and when the track was at its quickest. But overall it has been a fantastic experience and I want to say a big thank you to the team and to Renault Sport because this was a great opportunity for me”
Technical Debrief with Alan Permane: “Mikhail completed a good day’s running for us. We started the day by doing some aero mapping work, which went very well, and he spent most of the morning on the medium tyres as he steadily improved his lap times. In the afternoon he set his quickest time on hard tyres when the track was at its hottest, but he didn’t get a chance to run on the soft tyres when the track was cooler so I’m sure there was more lap time to come. Overall we have been impressed with his approach and his pace, so it has been a positive day.”
Abu Dhabi Test Schedule
Wednesday 17 November: Jérôme D’Ambrosio
Friday 19 November : Robert Kubica
Saturday 20 November: Robert Kubica