with Fernando Alonso
Fernando Alonso, R29-03, 130 laps, 576 km, fastest lap 1:19.945
The ING Renault F1 Team wrapped up its final day of testing at the Jerez circuit yesterday as Fernando Alonso completed 130 laps and set the fastest time of the day to round off a productive week for the team.
Again the team made the most of the dry conditions to add mileage to the car and evaluate various new developments. Fernando also completed set-up work, although the windy conditions in the afternoon made for tricky track conditions.
The team now travels to Barcelona for the test next week where both Nelson Piquet and Fernando Alonso will be on driving duty.
Fernando Alonso: "I'm very happy with the result from this test as we had two trouble-free days, a very consistent car and the work we have done has been very useful. It was really windy today, especially from mid-morning onwards, which made it difficult to understand some of the set-up changes, but all the teams were in the same position and we were still able to learn some important things about the car. I would like to thank the team for all their hard work this week as I know they have worked very hard to make sure we could do everything we needed to."
Christian Silk, Chief Test Engineer: "We had a good day and it was a really positive way to end the test. It's been a tough week for the mechanics who have had to work really hard, just as the guys back at the factory have done to get everything out here for this test. We've shown excellent reliability, got good miles on the car and done some good set-up work, which has set us up nicely for our test next week in Barcelona."