Renault endured a rather anonymous first day of practice at the British Grand Prix as they adjusted to the excessively windy conditions at the Silverstone circuit.

Failing to reach the top ten in either session, Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen were nonetheless pleased with the progress made through the day, neither driver experiencing any problems and completing their necessary running.

Still, Kovalainen admits wind was playing havoc with laps, the high-speed turns of Becketts for instance proving particularly difficult when exposed to the elements.

"This was a better start to my weekend than I had in Magny-Cours," he said. "The basic car balance felt pretty good today, but the wind always makes life difficult, because the gusts mean every car feels inconsistent from lap to lap, and corner to corner even.

"There is still work for us to do overnight to find more performance, but already from this morning to this afternoon, it felt like we made a good step forward - even through the positions don't necessarily suggest so. We are definitely working in the right direction, so if we can do the same again before tomorrow, we should be in pretty good shape.

Fisichella meanwhile was refusing to make excuses for the weather, pointing out they will be the same for every driver, the Italian adding that traffic made his best times seem slower than they actually were.

"The car was quite competitive, and particularly on the long runs when the balance felt pretty good. But I encountered quite a lot of traffic, the circuit is pretty bumpy, and you have head or tailwinds changing all the time which makes it hard to find the right braking points, so there's quite a lot of work to do, in order to understand our basic potential I think.

"But if we look at our programme, we can be happy with the number of laps we did, and the progress we made. After that, we need to make the most of the conditions, because they will be the same for everybody, and keep on moving forward with the set-up of the car."



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