The Mild Seven Renault F1 team was 'best of the rest' today [Wednesday] at Jerez, as Fernando Alonso posted the second quickest time.

The Spaniard spent the day focusing on two main programmes, testing new transmission components for the R24 and a detailed tyre test.

Initially, he tested new front constructions as well as revisiting older constructions in order to verify choices that had been made during the season. Subsequently, he moved on to compound development, testing tyres from the medium area of the range. Two tyres will be taken on for further evaluation.

Recent rain left the circuit in poor condition during the early part of the day. The chicane area was not fully dry until mid-morning, and the circuit was also very dirty after the bad weather, so meaningful running did not begin until late morning.

Alonso's running was also disrupted by a number of red flags, including one on what would have been his quickest lap. He ended the day having completed 94 laps, his best a 1m 17.837s.

Satoshi Motoyama meanwhile, who ran with Jordan during the Friday test session at the Japanese GP, completed 69 laps during his first run in the R23 - his best was a 1m 19.996s.

Pat Symonds, Renault's executive director of engineering, commented: "The improvement in weather conditions ensured we had a much better day. Fernando drove well and, in spite of the delays this morning, was able to complete almost all his planned programme.

"Satoshi acquitted himself well during his test day, showing continual improvement throughout his running."



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