The Mild Seven Renault F1 team test and reserve driver Franck Montagny got his first ever taste of F1 wet weather running today at Valencia.

The Frenchman, who completed 93 laps in total, spent the day working on set-up and on testing a variety of compounds and constructions for Michelin. Both areas of development showed promising results.

Weather conditions turned colder today, bringing particularly low grip conditions when combined with the artificially wet track surface. Montagny's 93 laps brought his personal mileage for the week to 1484 km, and the teams to 2552 km.

Pat Symonds, Renault's executive director of engineering, commented: "This was Franck's first time in the car in the wet and, combined with very low grip conditions, this made the day quite a challenge for him. However, he performed very well, running quickly and giving good feedback.

"We have had a useful week, and learned a lot about the tyres and our development work for next year's car."



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