Jerez Test Day 1: Renault report

Vitaly Petrov driving the Renault R30

Feb.10 (YF1) A dry start to the day lasted for just over half an hour when heavy rain showers hit the circuit. The track remained damp throughout the day and Vitaly completed some wet weather running in the afternoon.

Vitaly Petrov: “The weather was really poor today with lots of rain so we did limited running. I usually enjoy driving in the wet but it was annoying to loose so my much track time to the weather. Hopefully we will have better conditions later in the week.”

Alan Permane, Chief Engineer: “The bad weather meant it was a frustrating day for us as we only managed to complete one dry run this morning on scrubbed tyres. We then spent some time doing systems checks in the garage and discovered a small problem with the brake system, which we managed to fix by the end of the day. Looking ahead to tomorrow, Robert Kubica will be in the car and fortunately the weather forecast looks a lot better.”

Day 1 best lap times:

P Driver Team Times Difference Laps
1 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1.20.927 57
2 S.Buemi Toro Rosso 1.21.031 +0.104 84
3 N. Hülkenberg Williams 1:22.243 +1.316 118
4 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:22.895 +1.968 88
5 K. Kobayashi Sauber 1:23.287 +2.360 55
6 J.Button McLaren 1.24.947 +4.020 68
7 V. Liuzzi Force India 1:24.968 +4.041 71
8 V. Petrov Renault 1:25.440 +4.513 27
9 M. Webber Red Bull 1:26.502 +5.575 50
10 T.Glock Virgin 1.38.734 +17.807 5