Benetton hones its aero package in France

Benetton Formula 1 is refusing to give up hope for the 2001 season after completing a four-day aerodynamics test at the Danielson test track in France

Benetton hones its aero package in France

The team, which will be fully incorporated into Renault next year, has suffered a dreadful season thus far as it struggles to get to grips with its revolutionary wide-angled V10 engine. Giancarlo Fisichella scored a fortunate point for the team in Brazil, but in the main the Italian and his team mate Jenson Button have struggled to stay off the back row of the grid since the first race of the year.

The Renault unit is down-on-power compared to its rivals, but the team used the test at Danielson to work on improving the aerodynamic efficiency of the recalcitrant B201. Sportscar racer Oliver Gavin carried out the tests in an attempt to improve the aero package of the car for the upcoming races at Monte Carlo and Montreal.

"As well as collaborating the current version of the aerodynamics evaluation, we have been looking at solutions for both high downforce circuits like Monaco and the lower downforce range in preparation for Canada," said technical director Mike Gascoyne.

"This is the first time this year we have had a chance to do this work and we are very satisfied with the results, working through a large programme of aerodynamic configuration. The test was very successful and promising for the future."

The Monaco Grand Prix has been the source of good results for Benetton in recent years. Fisichella was second in the Principality in 1998 and got on the podium again with a third place last year.

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