The ING Renault F1 Team completed its final day of testing in Barcelona today at the Circuit de Catalunya. Conditions were overcast this morning, but the track remained dry and the sun came out for the afternoon.
Nelson Piquet remained in the R28 for his second day of running as he completed the team’s final preparations for the French Grand Prix, ending the day at the top of the timesheets. The team was able to continue with its aero evaluations and suspension set-up work, and also took the opportunity to complete some qualifying simulation in the afternoon.
After a productive week’s work, the team’s attention now turns to next week’s French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours where both Fernando Alonso and Nelson Piquet will look to deliver a competitive showing in the team’s home race.
Nelson Piquet: “Once again we completed the work that we had planned without any problems and we learnt a lot of things. We continued with the programme we started yesterday by putting some new things on the car that the team hope to run in the coming races. I also had the chance to do some qualifying simulations in the afternoon, which went well. It’s nice to be top of the times, but as this is only testing we have to treat these times with caution.”
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: “It was a trouble-free day and like yesterday we were able to do lots of running with Nelson covering over 100 laps. That has given us lots more data, which we will analyse in the coming days so that we can approach the French Grand Prix in the best shape possible. Overall it has been a positive three days here in Barcelona.”
Nelson Piquet R28-04, 112 laps, 521 km, fastest lap 1:20.076