The Mild Seven Renault F1 Team completed a successful first run of the new R24 today [Tuesday] at Barcelona. Jarno Trulli took the wheel of chassis 01, and completed 42 laps during the day, without any problems.

"It was a good first day of testing with the R24," said the Italian, "Everything worked well straight away, and we spent the day ironing out the little glitches that come with any new car. The car was well-balanced, and responded well to the set-up changes we tried."

Fernando Alonso meanwhile was also present, driving chassis R23-05, which was fitted with the electronic systems of the R24. He continued development work on these elements.

Bob Bell, Renault's technical director, commented: "This was a very promising start for us. We ran reliably, and the systems on the car functioned as expected. Jarno reported the car to be well-balanced, and he was comfortable in it. The intention today was not to push, rather to build up mileage reliably and with that in mind, I think we had a very successful day."

Pat Symonds, Renault's executive director of engineering, added: "We ran the R24 for the first time today and completed over 200 km. This is an extremely satisfying result on the first day that the car has turned a wheel. Our programme consisted of systems checks and medium length runs, and all the indications are that the car and engine are behaving as we had predicted. The initial feeling is that we have a very good package."



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