Renault has played down their sluggish form in practice for the European Grand Prix, claiming a lack of clear laps around the Nurburgring makes their pace look worse than it actually is.

Both Giancarlo Fisichella and Heikki Kovalainen spent most of the day undertaking long runs with a heavy fuel load, but when it came to switching to soft tyres and low fuel at the end of their stints, neither could find a clear lap in either session.

As such, 18th and 19th in the morning and 15th and 16th in the afternoon are, Renault claim, not a true indicator to their pace this weekend. Still, Fisichella was not concerned at their final positions, pointing out Renault often come on stronger in qualifying.

"It was a normal Friday for us. As usual, we did our race preparation today, working to find a good baseline set-up for Sunday, and to look at the tyres. There is still some work to do overnight to get the balance right, and we need to improve our competitiveness a little bit too.

"But we have seen many times this season that we are a little far away on Friday - and more competitive in qualifying and the race. We did our job today, and completed our programme. Now we need to follow our plans and analyse the data in order to achieve a good level of competitiveness in qualifying tomorrow."

Once again closely matched his team-mate Kovalainen, was content with his day's running, but mirrored Fisichella's claims in saying the R27 is still lacking some balance.

"The main thing for us today was to do our usual tyre comparison, which we managed and got a good answer from. The set-up programme was busy too, and while not all the changes were positive today, we have found the direction to go in for tomorrow.

"The car is not as stable as usual at the moment, so we need to improve that area to find more lap-time. The job now is to get our heads down, understand where we can make the car better for tomorrow's practice session, and to have a trouble-free morning to prepare for qualifying."



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