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Renault optimistic despite limited running

Renault claim they were able to make good progress during the damp FP2 session at Korea after failing to set a time during FP1's washout
Renault were left in two minds after Friday's Korean practice as, after Vitaly Petrov and Bruno Senna were confined to their pit garages during FP1, the pair were then later able to complete some good meaningful running during FP2 - leaving the team optimistic for the rest of the weekend which promises to be drier.

The Renault pairing finished up in eleventh and 15th with Petrov getting the better of team-mate Senna.

While both drivers were disappointed not to complete a time in the extreme wet conditions, a number of installation laps enabled the team to gather some data on how the car will perform during the wet conditions on the full wet compound - something which could prove valuable should the forecast change.

"All of the day was wet," Petrov Our car struggles a little bit in these conditions as we still have to find the best aero setup so we spent quite a lot of time in the afternoon to try to find the right setup.

"We did a lot of running in the afternoon which will help us to improve tomorrow so I am quite optimistic. We also completed a couple of installation laps on the wet tyres to give an idea of the grip levels available from that compound. At the moment the car is working normally. Tomorrow is another day; hopefully it will be a dry day.”

"This afternoon, it was beneficial to get some track time though we did endure some difficulties with the balance of the car," Senna added. "Hopefully we will be able to rectify this, but we need to look at where we can improve the aerodynamics otherwise we will encounter more difficulties this weekend.

"Fingers crossed tomorrow that we will be able to run in the dry, so that we can become accustomed to the conditions that we expect to face on Sunday.”

Renault's trackside operation director Alan Permane seemed to be quite pleased with their day's work, leaving him optimistic for the rest of the weekend.

"We gained some meaningful data in FP2 which will assist us with dry setup tomorrow," he said. "The R31 is working well so far and we are looking at improving the balance."

by Simon Evans



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