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Formula One


Dominic Harlow, Senior Operations Engineer: It was another good test for the team here at Silverstone, today running on the shorter International Circuit. We were able to get a good evaluation of several new components across various systems on the car as part of the ongoing development, alongside giving Valtteri more mileage in the car. Valtteri again drove well, whilst the weather held up, enabling us to achieve another productive day for the team.

Valtteri Bottas: It was another successful day today for the team, with a trouble-free performance and no problems with the car. It was useful to get some longer runs in again today and it was good for me to get a better understanding of the tyres, and how the team works. We were lucky with the weather today considering the forecast, as we were able to do most of the runs in the dry, despite a bit of dampness early on.

Formula One


Driver: Valtteri Bottas
Chassis / engine: FW34-01 / RS27- 5259/2
Location: Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, England 5.891kms
Objectives: Aero correlation tests and race simulation
Weather: Dry and sunny in the morning, light shower late in the afternoon
Ambient & track temps: 21ºC / 28ºC

Tom McCullough, Race Engineer: It was a very productive day for us. We had some rain in the last 20 minutes which brought our race simulation to an early end, but the car was reliable all day allowing us to gather lots of data for evaluation. We had a very ambitious run plan and achieved nearly everything which is a good result. Valtteri drove excellently all day, doing everything we asked of him without putting a foot wrong.

Valtteri Bottas: It’s been a busy day completing 120 laps without any problems. We had a little rain towards the end but tested everything we wanted to on mixed fuel levels. It’s been a really useful day for both me and the team. The shorter runs are good fun, especially on this track, but I was particularly looking forward to the longer runs. It was really useful to gather some information on how the tyres behave over the various runs and I feel that I am continuing to improve as a driver.

The Williams F1 Team will be back on track tomorrow, Friday 13 July, with Valtteri Bottas continuing in the Williams Renault FW34 for the final day of the test.

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Drivers looking towards Melbourne.

Kimi Räikkönen:

“I was happy with today’s running. We didn’t have any major issues so it was certainly better than yesterday. Everything worked, we tried a lot of set-ups on the car and it all came together well. It was a long time in the car today but I feel fine. It was cooler today so the tyres didn’t work as well as otherwise but everything was okay. Of course, the fastest time at the end of the day looks good but no-one will know how fast any of the cars are until we get to qualifying at Albert Park. All the changes we have made over testing have been improving the car, so we’ll have to see what happens in Melbourne in a couple of weeks’ time. I’m feeling positive.”

Bruno Senna:

We had a productive morning completing a number of tyre tests and aero runs. It has been interesting to see the car developing. Overall we’ve had a good few days of running here in Barcelona.  We are still improving, but I feel we are in a solid position to go to Australia.

Pastor Maldonado:

We completed some good runs this afternoon and ended our test programme without issue. I’m feeling positive, and ready for Australia.

Nico Hulkenberg:

“We managed to fit a lot in today and hopefully when we have been through all the data we will have learned a lot, too. The race weekend simulation was useful, but unfortunately my race distance was cut short, so we will rely more on the data from Paul’s run yesterday. We were also busy trying all the tyre compounds to learn more about tyre management and how to get the most from them. You always want more time in the car, but I think we can be pleased with how our three tests have gone. We still need to find some more performance because the whole grid looks very close and competitive, and I expect the grid in Melbourne to be extremely tight.”

Vitaly Petrov:

 “I am more than happy with how we went today. The team has done a fantastic job all day and we’ve been improving in every area each time we went out. I had my new seat today so I’m really starting to get comfortable in the car and the laptimes are coming down, the setup is improving and everything is working really well. The last lap before lunch was close to perfect for me, with the conditions and the way the car behaved, but we know there is still more to come so that is good news, it keeps us pushing.

“This afternoon we were looking at a race simulation and despite the slightly early end to the day it all went to plan. The degradation levels were manageable and we didn’t have any issues at all with any of the systems – KERS, engine, gearbox or anything mechanical. We do have work to do, that’s the same for everyone, but I think we have prepared as well as we can for Melbourne so for me this has been a really good first couple of weeks with the team.”

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Renault prepares for the launch of the 2012 season as first pre-season test are underway at Jerez. Four teams will be powered by the Renault RS27 engine this season, one third of the grid. Williams F1 Team joins the ‘Renault fold’ alongside double-double world champions Red Bull Racing, Lotus F1 Team and Caterham F1 Team

Renault Sport F1’s preparations for the 2012 FIA Formula One World Championship stepped up as the first of the three pre-season tests got underway today at the Jerez Circuit, Spain. Each of Renault’s four partners, Red Bull Racing, Williams F1 Team, Caterham F1 Team and Lotus F1 Team, put their new 2012 challengers through their paces for the first time following individual media launches.
Each team will use identical specification RS27 V8 engines in the championship, prepared by Renault Sport F1 technicians in Viry-Châtillon, France. This year will be Renault’s 35th year of competition in F1, during which it has secured ten constructors’ titles and nine drivers’ titles.

Rob White, deputy managing director (technical), Renault Sport F1:

There are several interesting challenges facing Renault Sport F1 this year. Firstly, we have a fourth team to work with. That’s four chassis installations, and four sets of protocol to put in place. However this has been dealt with excellently. We learnt from the experience of 2011 when we added a third team, and we put in place measures to ensure that there was no drop off in overall performance or service in doing so.
One of the main technical challenges this year is the adaptation of the engine to the new exhaust regulations, which state that the exhausts must be rear facing. This closes the loop hole on blown floors and, to a certain extent, returns to the exhaust specs used in 2010. It’s not been as simple as turning back the clock as the cars have evolved since then, as have the rules concerning torque maps and engine settings. We’ve had to rework the way we integrate the engine into the chassis and the packaging around it, and we’ve had to do this for four sets of exhaust.

The upside is that since the exhaust outlets have been reopened we will have a greater engine power output; this could be in the region of 10 – 20bhp more than 2011. As a result top speed on the straight is likely to be higher. It’s getting back to the real top end power of the engines we saw in 2009 before exhaust blowing became more widespread.

Allied to these changes, we have also made minor changes to improve reliability. Between seasons we have worked hard to optimize parts to give consistency across their life and, therefore to give consistency across all our engines, regardless of their mileage. This should allow us to deliver engines with a theoretical unlimited kilometre range within the tacit three races weekend per engine expectation, which will give us an advantage with flexibility with 20 races on the calendar this year.
In parallel, we are already well advanced in the design required for the new regulations in 2014 and are already dyno testing components before a full engine goes on the dyno in 2013.
We have a great deal to be optimistic about this year. It’s going to be busy, but hopefully a very satisfying year.

Jean-François Caubet, managing director, Renault Sport F1:

In 2010, when we formed Renault Sport F1, we returned to our core F1 activity of engine supply. This was principally for three reasons; one, to re-centre activities to give the biggest chance of success; two, to give a reduction in costs that could also be anticipated and three, to work on technologies that are road relevant.

We have, to date, satisfied all these aims. On a purely results level, obviously we are very happy. We won the championship with Red Bull last year, our tenth constructors’ title in a little over 30 years, and we were recognised for the quality of our product and service. . We are now putting in plans to fully exploit our involvement in F1 and we have put down some good foundations.
We are now very much looking forward to the 2012 season, which will see us add a fourth team to our fold. This adds to the efficiency of our investment, mitigates our exposure and ensures the sustainability of our presence in F1.

However, we are driven to satisfy each of our clients on an individual level: we recognise that each of our partner teams have different strategies and priorities and we try to address each as part of our service. We do not have a preferential policy towards any of our partners: we believe that competition between teams is healthy and beneficial for the overall performance and development of the engine, which is ultimately our aim this season.