Renault's Formula One team wrapped up the final day of its latest Spanish test session with both Fernando Alonso and Franck Montagny racking up top four times.

Although outright speed wasn't the name of the game for the team on this occasion, Alonso was beaten to what would have been his second top spot in as many days when Juan Montoya eased his Williams-BMW ahead of the pack.

The Spaniard conducted set-up work on the new R24, working through a range of spring levels and different downforce settings during the day. He also conducted a test of different tyres where, in particular, one front construction showed improvements over its predecessors on longer runs.

Montagny conducted set-up work with the older R23, concentrating on ways of maximising the performance of the 2004 specification tyres. On a day featuring exclusively Michelin runners, the Frenchman also continued his tyre programme from Wednesday, making longer runs on different compounds.

"We had a satisfying final day of testing, which rounds off a very positive week's work," commented executive director of engineering Pat Symonds, "We are achieving all our reliability targets with the R24 and, while we can always look to make progress in terms of performance, we are nonetheless satisfied with the current situation.

"Franck also put in plenty of miles with the R23, and is continuing to find useful developments with the old car."

The team is next expected to test at Jerez between 10-12 February, with Jarno Trulli returning to partner Montagny.

 

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