The Renault team completed a busy, but productive, opening day of practice for the Belgian Grand Prix, but Heikki Kovalainen reckons that the squad can be even better on day two after claiming that the timesheets did not show the true potential of the R27.

Kovalainen and team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella completed a total of 113 laps between them - the equivalent of two-and-a-half race distances at Spa-Francorchamps - as the team repeated its Monza objective to run as many laps as possible to establish good baseline set-ups and take full advantage of Friday's free engine mileage.

Both drivers made consistent progress in improving the car's handling through the two sessions and, while there is still work to do, they are optimistic of a competitive showing tomorrow.

"We got a lot done today, working on the set-up and comparing the two tyres, but the timesheets didn't reflect the car's full potential, because I had traffic on my quickest lap at the end of the session," the Finn reported, "I think there is more to come from the set-up as well, and I will work with my engineers this evening. I think we made a good start to our programme, and we can continue in the same way tomorrow."

Fisichella was the better placed of the two Renault pilots on the day, slotting in to seventh spot in the faster afternoon session, while Kovalainen took tenth, and felt that he had made useful progress towards the right set-up for the weekend.

"This was a good day for us," Fisichella claimed, "We got a good answer comparing the two types of Bridgestone tyre, and in terms of the car's handling and set-up, our situation is getting better and better. There is still some work to do tonight after we have analysed the data, but I think we can say 'so far, so good' at this point."

 

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