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Jerez day one - Renault set the standard 17 Jan 2007

Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault R27 Formula One Testing, Day One Jerez, Spain, 16 January 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton. New Renault trucks. Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 16 January 2007. World © Patching/Sutton. Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams interim car Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 16 January 2007. World ©  Patching/Sutton. Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) Renault R27 is taken back to the garage on a lorry after he spun into the gravel. Formula One Testing, Day One Jerez, Spain, 16 January 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton Kazuki Nakajima (JPN) Williams Formula One Testing, Day One Jerez, Spain, 16 January 2007. World © Bumstead/Sutton.

Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella clocked the fastest time on Tuesday, as the first multi-team test of 2007 got underway in Jerez. Fisichella, at the wheel of the French team’s new R27, lapped the Spanish circuit in 1m 20.698s - over three-tenths quicker than Kazuki Nakajima in the Williams, who was the day’s only other runner.

Dry and sunny conditions throughout the day saw Fisichella complete 33 laps as he ran through a programme of systems checks, ahead of the car’s official launch next week. Although an engine problem interrupted the Italian’s last run of the day, he will test again on Wednesday alongside team mate Heikki Kovalainen. Click here for more information on the R27’s track debut.

While Fisichella got his first opportunity to drive his 2007 challenger, Williams test driver Nakajima took to the track in an interim car. Enjoying the near empty circuit the Japanese driver easily completed the team’s programme, running 95 laps during the day.

“We worked on the development of the traction control system and car set-up, as well as getting some mileage built up on various mechanical parts,” explained Mike Condliffe, Williams test team manager. “Kazuki performed well again today, fitting in easily with the testing regime.”

The session continues at Jerez on Wednesday, when Super Aguri will join proceedings.

Unofficial Tuesday times from Jerez:
1. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault, 1:20.698
2. Kazuki Nakajima, Williams, 1:20.974