• Japanese Grand Prix - FP2

Renault encouraged by improved showing

ESPNF1 Staff
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Bruno Senna had to recover from a spin during FP2 © Sutton Images

Renault is eyeing a place in Q3 after showing improved pace from Singapore during practice for the Japanese Grand Prix.

After a disappointing race on the street circuit Renault was optimistic the car would be more suited to the characteristics of Suzuka, and that turned out to be the case in Friday practice, after which the team press release said "We are much happier than in Singapore; the R31 looks stronger here". Despite the improved pace, Bruno Senna said that he was still struggling with the balance of the car.

"It was great to drive in Suzuka again because it's such a fantastic circuit," Senna said. "We spent the day working on the new tighter bodywork for my car, making a number of changes to try and find a suitable balance on the car. The main problem we have been struggling with is oversteer, in particular some snap oversteer at turn 1 which resulted in a quick spin, but I managed to return to the circuit with help from the excellent marshals here and no harm done and continued with the programme. There's still a lot of work to do tomorrow, and that work starts now."

Vitaly Petrov, however, said that the day had seen the team move in a "positive direction" and that he was confident of seeing that trend continue throughout the weekend.

"Both sessions were quite good for us without any significant mechanical problems meaning we could run through our programme as we wanted and everything went in a positive direction," Petrov said. "We have some changes to make to improve the car but we have shown a good baseline so far here. We had to change the power steering rack in the morning but this did not affect the programme as I still achieved the laps I set out to. If we continue in the same vein tomorrow we should be well placed for Sunday."