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McNish says Friday testing helped 18 Mar 2003

Allan McNish (GBR) Renault R23.
Formula One World Championship, Rd1, Australian Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, 7 March 2003

Renault test driver Allan McNish says that the Friday morning test sessions organised by the FIA as an alternative to unlimited testing proved advantageous to the team in Melbourne.

"We had no problems at all," the Scot reported. "I think it is worth pointing out that Renault is the only team that seems to want to take advantage of this session; nobody else is running three cars. In Australia, I think the extra track time removed a lot of potential question marks; we already had a good idea of tyre choice, and what the car was like on the circuit. I think you could particularly see that on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, when Jarno and Fernando seemed to be one step ahead of the game."

McNish believes that the so-called 'Heathrow Agreement' is a positive step forward for the team.

"We got all the answers we wanted from the session, and it also verified our reliability for the rest of the weekend. Obviously, though, different races will see us tweak and improve how we operate on Friday mornings; some circuits will see us focus on performance, others on tyres, others on reliability. We will be able to tune how we work according to what we want to get out of the car for the race."