Renault endured a tough start to testing in Barcelona after a KERS issue prevented the team from running through its scheduled programme at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Nick Heidfeld was in the car for the start of the day, although the German was working on pit-stop practice and as such didn't set a representative lap time – especially as he was out on track when the circuit was damp early in the day.
However, the German was able to try out the new traffic light system to be used by the team during the year ahead.
“I was in the car for just an hour this morning to do some pit stop practice,” he said. “It was a bit damp to begin with, so we started on the wet tyres and I got my first feel for them. I didn't do a proper run, just one timed lap and then came in and out for pit stops. It was the first time I have used the new traffic light system and it worked okay, but we found some small things to improve for next time.”
The KERS issues then meant team-mate Vitaly Petrov was left sitting on the sidelines for much of the day before managing 20 laps late on, with his focus also on pit-stop practice rather than on pushing for times.
“A difficult day for us because we lost a lot of time finding the problem with the KERS, but at least I got out for the final 40 minutes so that we could do the practice pit stops with our new lighting system,” he said. “Because we didn't manage to do much running today, the team will give me some more time in the car tomorrow morning before Nick takes over.”
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