Vitaly Petrov was back in the Renault for Day 3 of testing in Barcelona, and although light showers limited track time in the morning, the team were still able to complete qualifying simulations and long runs in the afternoon.
Petrov completed 68 laps in the new R30, and was pleased with the progress made on his last day of pre-season testing. “Another day of changing weather so we lost some time in the morning with the rain, but fortunately it was dry in the afternoon. We had a lot planned as it was my last day in the car before Bahrain and we did some good work and we've improved the car quite a bit. The qualifying simulation was useful and it was important I did this before the first race.”
Chief Engineer Alan Permane would have preferred Petrov to have had more running in the car but thought the day’s testing was an improvement on his last outing on Thursday. “It was a better day for Vitaly. We had a few issues with the car in the morning that we carried over from yesterday, but we very quickly got on top of them. The car was then much to his liking just before lunch. Unfortunately we had a little bit of rain again this morning, but managed some work in the afternoon carrying various fuel loads and Vitaly finished the day quite happy with the car. It's a shame that he couldn't have run a bit more today, but it was good to get a decent day of running.”
Robert Kubica will be in the Renault tomorrow for the final day of the Barcelona test.