Bruno Senna, Renault, Jerez, 2011

Senna: Renault test “wasn’t a trial”

F1 Fanatic round-upPosted on | Author Cari Jones

Keith’s heading back from Jerez today but he wants to send his very best wishes to Bella Combs. Many of you know Bella, who’s a massive F1 fan, and has often commented on this site and on Twitter. She’s not very well at the moment and Keith would like to wish her all the best and say ‘get well soon’.

In today?s round up, Bruno Senna gets his first drive in the R31, but rules himself out as a candidate to replace Robert Kubica as race driver.


Top F1 links from the past 24 hours:

Senna: Team right to want experience (Autosport)

??Bruno Senna says he accepts that Renault needs a ‘more prepared’ driver to stand in as Robert Kubica’s replacement from the start of this season.??

Jerez Test, Day 4: Mileage for Bruno (Lotus Renault GP)

??Bruno Senna: ??It was an awesome day – my first chance to drive the R31 and I?m pleased with how things went. It was very much a learning day for me. I had never used the adjustable wing or the KERS before, so I had to adapt to these. It?s not easy at first, because there is a big workload and you are operating two factors that change the balance of the car, but by the end of the day it became more like second nature.

????I started the day pretty relaxed; gradually built up my confidence, and then by lunchtime I was feeling pretty comfortable with things. I was looking forward to doing some hard laps at the end of the day, but with the red flags and the weather, there wasn?t enough time.???

Formula One set to bring in a cap to team budgets, says Red Bull boss (The Guardian)

??Formula One is on track to get the equivalent of a cap on team budgets to curb excessive spending according to the team principal of Red Bull, the winners of last year’s championship.??

The F150th Italia goes over the three thousand mark (Ferrari)

??Over three thousand kilometres ?ǣ 3,195.594 to be precise ?ǣ in one week is a sound start to the work of developing the Maranello newborn, the F150th Italia.

??Fernando and Felipe will be on track again tomorrow: no, it?s not an extra day?s testing granted to Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro, but a day dedicated to promotional filming for the Scuderia?s partners. Development work on the new car will resume on Friday 18 at the Catalunya Circuit, on the outskirts of Barcelona: it will actually be the Spanish driver who will get the session underway, with Felipe taking over from him for Sunday and Monday.??

Jenson Button on Twitter

??Hey guys it’s a chilly day here in Jerez but still getting some useful laps in. Seems like everyone is running big fuel loads this afternoon. Most teams are doing long runs.. interesting to see the tyre degradation from different teams..??

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Lotus Renault R31, F1 FanaticInvoke thinks the new Lotus Renault looks great, but has made a little adjustment:

Looks great doesn?t it, if only it looked like this however??

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On this day in F1

On this day in 2008, Williams were the toast of testing with a string of quick times. The FW30 was fast on its debut at Valencia and was quicker still at Jerez, with Nico Rosberg ending the test as the fourth-quickest driver.

Read more: Testing suggests Williams are best of the rest