Just as the confirmed World Series by Renault teams started working on the latest group test at Paul Ricard, so the series' development team was completing its latest programme at Vallelunga, across the border in Italy.

Jonathan Cochet completed 1400km of running in the new World Series single-seater, reporting that the prototype felt very comfortable to drive. The development test focused on the validation of the final version of the engine and tyre compound, and also allowed the team to check different technical aspects of the car, especially the cooling system. Cochet set a quickest lap at 1min 01.8secs, pushing two seconds below the best effort recorded by an F3000 machine.

"We've found a good set-up for this track, and the car has adapted to it in a perfect way," race engineer Emmanuel Efnault commented.

St?phane Ortelli was also on duty with the M?gane Trophy car, sharing test duties with forgotten Belgian talent Vincent Radermecker. The car went through several checks, primarily concerning its aerodynamics, tyres and electronics, convincing development head Jer?me Mortal that both cars were ready to go into the production and delivery phase.

"The M?gane Trophy has completed 1500km - and a total of 3500km since testing started - so I think we are ready," he commented, "I'm also quite satisfied with the lap time achieved by the FR3.5. We have proved that it has performance and reliability."

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