Amid reports of early problems with Renault's 2009 car, the French team last week moved from the Portimao test to a British airfield.

Amid reports of early problems with Renault's 2009 car, the French team last week moved from the Portimao test to a British airfield.

The Spanish newspaper Diario AS said the R29, clearly the slowest of the four new formula one cars in Portugal, was subsequently in action at Kemble Airport, about an hour's drive from Renault's Enstone (UK) base.

AS explained that while usually only one transporter accompanies the test team to an aerodynamic or 'straightline' test, on this occasion there were five trucks on site.

The newspaper also said it is expected that a revised nose will be unveiled for the R29 at the final test at Barcelona, in mid March, prior to the long haul trek to Australia for the first race of the season.

Before then, Fernando Alonso will be present for Renault's next test at Jerez and "hopefully we can make some good progress with the performance of the car there", he told the sports newspaper Marca.

 

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