2009 Australian GP, practice: Renault quotes 

Written by David on March 27th, 2009 at 11:24 amLast Update: March 27th, 2009 at 11:24 am

Renault R29Pat Symonds: “As always in Melbourne, there are lots of support races and the track was in reasonable condition when free practice began. Having said that, the sessions took place quite late in the day and the asphalt tended to cool down and we had to take this into account.The car was not as well balanced as we would have liked. We encountered lots of oversteer today and reducing that is what we are concentrating on. The harder tyres are rather difficult to get up to temperature. The soft tyres give a good level of performance from the first lap, but they then suffer from quite significant graining. We encountered an electrical problem on Fernando’s car this morning and that limited his track time a little bit. Other than that, the R29 has not had any problems. Our goal is to focus on the balance of the car in order to overcome the oversteer on this demanding circuit.”

Nelson Piquet jr: “That wasn’t an easy day. I struggled to find a good balance on a green track with little grip. However, the settings that we worked on today have still helped us explore some interesting developments for tomorrow and I remain positive.”

Fernando Alonso: “At last, after lots of winter testing, expectations and predictions, we have started the 2009 season. Today we concentrated on car set-up in hot conditions without being too concerned by what our competitors were doing. We now have lots of valuable information and, as usual, we will go over that this evening. We are missing some grip but we have some ideas about how we can overcome these issues. So I’m still confident. We should deliver a better performance tomorrow.”

source: Renault

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