• Belgian Grand Prix

Renault drivers happy with F-duct performance

ESPNF1 Staff
August 27, 2010 « Webber bullish despite poor lap time | »
Renault ran its F-duct for the first time © Sutton Images

Renault's Robert Kubica confessed himself happy with the new F-duct after he finished 3rd and 4th fastest in Friday's free practice sessions.

"It was quite a good Friday for us," said Kubica. "The conditions in first practice were pretty bad, but our main aim was to check how the F-duct system was functioning on our car. We focused on getting experience of the system, for the engineers and for myself, and to get everything working properly - and we managed to do this in spite of running in the wet.

"In the second session, I ran every type of tyre: extremes, intermediates and both compounds of the slicks. The car felt reasonable in all conditions, but I think we can make further improvements to the balance tomorrow."

Team-mate Vitaly Petrov was also pleased with the performance of the F-duct despite finishing further down the lap times.

"The first target today was to find out how the F-duct was working, and it looks pretty good," said Petrov. "You can feel a good difference on the straights when the system is operating, and we are even driving with one hand in some of the corners. It gives the drivers a bit more work to do in the cockpit, but it's nothing difficult to handle."