Renault Re-Arrange Testing Programme

Renault have proved they are taking nothing for granted in their bid to keep an advantage over the opposition after deciding to re-arrange their testing programme at Barcelona this week in a bid to avoid being caught out by the weather, Autosport-Atlas can reveal

Renault Re-Arrange Testing Programme

The team had been due to kick off a three-day test at the Circuit de Catalunya on Wednesday, but with bad weather predicted for Spain on Friday the team have chosen to bring forward their running by a day.

The move is partly fuelled by the fact that the non-Ferrari teams in the 'Group of Nine' are trying as hard as possible to not break the 30-day testing limit they have agreed upon - which inevitably means not wasting testing days in the rain.

Renault's decision to change their testing programme means that Fernando Alonso and Giancarlo Fisichella are now back in action just two days after the Bahrain Grand Prix. The only other team running today are Ferrari, with test driver Marc Gene getting down to work in the F2004M prior to the expected arrival of the F2005 on Wednesday.

Red Bull Racing, Sauber, Toyota, BAR, McLaren and Williams are all expected to join the teams later this week, with several of them wanting to find a big step forward this week before the start of the European season.

Toyota will be running their new aerodynamic package, BAR are hoping to get to the bottom of their downforce problems while McLaren will try out a new step Mercedes-Benz engine.

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