The Mild Seven Renault F1 team was back on track yesterday [Tuesday] at Valencia, as Jarno Trulli and third driver, Franck Montagny, kicked off the teams preparations for 2004.

Trulli conducted a full brake development programme and some aerodynamic development during the morning session, completing 78 laps.

This was followed by a routine engine change and installation runs at the end of the day. Trulli notched up 89 laps in total, his best a 1 minute 11.950 seconds.

Montagny meanwhile was driving the R23B for the first time at this circuit. His programme focused upon set-up work for the circuit, and chassis systems development. The Frenchman completed 84 laps, a tenth up on Trulli, with a 1m 11.823s - fifth quickest overall.

"A successful first day of winter testing for the team," summed up Renault's executive director of engineering, Pat Symonds, "Both drivers needed a few runs this morning to get re-acclimatised with the car, but after that, we had a productive session.

"Jarno completed a brake development programme during the morning, while Franck concentrated on testing chassis systems. All in all, it is good to be running again, and we look forward to a useful week's work."

Renault continue running today [Wednesday].



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