Danielsson gets maiden Renault test 21 May 2007
Reigning World Series by Renault champion Alx Danielsson sampled a Formula One car for the first time on Friday when he tested for Renault at Silverstone. Danielsson shook down the two R26 chassis that will be used in the teams forthcoming Warsaw Roadshow demonstration in the Polish capital in two weeks' time.
Running on Silverstones short one-kilometre Stowe circuit, the 26 year-old Swede completed a total of 50 laps. He used the early laps to get acclimatised to the car, before tuning the car to his driving style, with changes to the ride heights and traction control mapping. He acquitted himself well, running consistent lap-times as he explored the R26's potential performance.
"It has been a fantastic day," enthused Danielsson, whose test was reward for his championship win last year. "For any driver, it is a dream to have your first drive at the wheel of an F1 car, and this has been a great opportunity for me. From a personal point of view, my aim was to find my feet in the car and see how quickly I could be in a position to attack the circuit. I was pleased when I began driving, because everything felt very natural from the start. After a few acclimatisation runs we made some set-up changes, and I started to get a good feel for the potential performance of a top Formula One car.
"Of course, now I have had my first taste, I want more - but this has been a fantastic way to start, driving a championship car in a great environment. I want to say a special thank you to the ING Renault F1 Team: they have made this a dream day for me, and also helped take all Formula One fans in Sweden closer to the heart of the sport with their open, friendly approach."
Renault's showcar co-ordinator Colin Hale, who heads up technical operations for the Roadshow programme, commented: "We already knew Alx was an intelligent, talented young driver before today: his track record so far speaks for itself, and our contact with him during preparations for this run left us impressed.
He settled in to the car and the circuit very well today. We asked him to run both chassis in preparation for our demonstration run in Warsaw, and he did a very good job. He took a sensible approach, built up his confidence step by step, and showed a good understanding of how the car was working. All in all, he did a very good job."
This year Danielsson is competing in the Euroseries 3000 with ELK Motorsport. He won the most-recent round in Vallelunga, and will next be in single-seater action on June 17 at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest, Hungary.