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Renault testing in the UK today // Some straight line action at Kemble Airfield

Published by Mr. C

Renault R29 testing at Kemble

As Grandprix.com pointed out this morning, Renault were putting the R29 through its paces at Kemble Airport in the Cotswolds today.

After a tip-off from someone who works at the site, I arrived early with our camera. Piquet was on hand to do a number of short runs on a damp runway, before the sun came out around midday. As noted in the article above, the team arrived with a total of five transporters, although if you look at the pictures of Williams attending a similar test last year, they brought four, so it doesn't appear Renault have turned up with an especially high number this time around.

It's the first time I've seen a 2009 specification car up close, and I can't say the Renault looks any better in the flesh than it did during the launch. The livery is striking, especially in overcast conditions, while the (presumably now retuned engine) sounds astonishing.

I've not been near a living F1 car since Goodwood FoS so I'm somewhat excited to have heard and smelt the fantastic machinery today. I can tell you that as I left the test I could still hear the engine screaming away in the distance when I was over 4 miles away.

Update: Here's a video taken from one of the morning runs. The sound is a little messed up by the wind, and you'll probably want to hit the download button to watch in high-definition, it's the only way you'll see the car.

The fact Renault turned up with five trucks today appears have created a significant amount of buzz around the web, so let's take a look at them.

Five Renault test transporters

Lovely, aren't they? I guess you could argue it flies in the face of the FIA's attempts at cost cutting measures, but is it inherently wrong and should there be a limit applied to straight line testing too?




  • Nice job - and cracking pic as usual :-)

  • Nice job - and cracking pic as usual

    cheers. there's a bigger version on flickr:

    www.flickr.com/ph…dcast/3235954367/

    and i've added a few more to the drop:

    http://drop.io/sidepodcast

    the rest need brightening up somewhat. twas bit of a wet winter's day.

  • Great sources as usual guys.

    I know this potentially is quite nosey. But is Sidepodcast you guy's main source of income / work? Its such a great production.

  • I know this potentially is quite nosey. But is Sidepodcast you guy’s main source of income / work? Its such a great production.

    Unfortunately not, Ben. We both have full time jobs, and I guess you could class Sidepodcast as a "hobby".

  • Wow... fantastic job. I could just stare at that car to be honest and I'm not sure why, it just has something... addictive about it.

    Hopefully Renault will get over their so called testing problems and do well this year. I can only imagine how the engine sounded.

  • Excellent scoop!

  • Sounds like fun! Do the rear wings look just as odd in the flesh as they do in pictures, or is it less noticeable at speed?

    Oh, and just to be pedantic...

    I’ve not been near an F1 car since Goodwood FoS

    What about Red Bull factory in November, or Autosport Show in January????

  • What about Red Bull factory in November, or Autosport Show in January????

    The visit to Williams where Christine sat in an F1 car

  • Sounds like fun! Do the rear wings look just as odd in the flesh as they do in pictures, or is it less noticeable at speed?

    actually from a distance it just looked like a f1 car. the rear wing was noticeable up close, but i literally had to check the photo again to make sure the new front wing was bolted on, because i didn't spot it.

    What about Red Bull factory in November, or Autosport Show in January????

    have amended the text to read:

    "I've not been near a living F1 car since..."

    sorry. it was just the emotion the noise and the smell stirred up, which i haven't experienced for so long.

  • The visit to Williams where Christine sat in an F1 car

    silent though. just not the same as the crackle and pop of the downshift.

  • Hopefully Renault will get over their so called testing problems and do well this year. I can only imagine how the engine sounded.

    i'm not buying the testing problems line just yet.

  • silent though. just not the same as the crackle and pop of the downshift.

    You mean they didn't let her fire it up?

  • Excellent scoop!

    coulda been, if it wasn't for that pesky mr. saward getting in there first :)

  • You mean they didn’t let her fire it up?

    nah, it was ralf's old motor. apparently he'd burnt the clutch.

  • Great photo me :-)

    "me" and Christine certainly get around don't they?

    i’m not buying the testing problems line just yet.

    www.autosport.com…port.php/id/73051

    Pat Symonds has admitted to autosport that "I don't really know the reasons" which isn't very promising is it?

    Still, wait and see what they have to say following this test.

  • Pat Symonds has admitted to autosport that “I don’t really know the reasons” which isn’t very promising is it?

    nope. tis true.

    but as yet, every team bar williams appear to have had some kind of '09 testing drama, i'm not sure why people are picking on renault this week?

  • Is that all the video you came back with??

    That is the smallest F1 car I ever did see. Nice Red Arrow though.

  • Is that all the video you came back with??

    it was a very long way away :(

  • HD vid is 5 pints of awesome™

    Could this sort of thing be added to the Miro feed in future?

  • Could this sort of thing be added to the Miro feed in future?

    hmmm. interesting idea. quite possibly, but not just yet. we have to do a little more integration work (read: ripping apart wordpress) first though.

  • hmmm. interesting idea. quite possibly, but not just yet. we have to do a little more integration work (read: ripping apart wordpress) first though.

    Just chucking ideas out there, which I am prone to do

    Wordpress mash-up sounds interesting, look forward to the results

  • Wordpress mash-up sounds interesting, look forward to the results

    could be a while yet. in the meantime you can subscribe to the drop.io feed in miro and it'll do almost the same thing:

    http://tinyurl.com/sidepoddropcast

  • me: i’m not sure why people are picking on renault this week?

    Ronald to drive for Renault?

    http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns21147.html

  • Ronald to drive for Renault?

    we was just discussing this offline (the shame).

    i don't see why le seb would sign for flav now that he's a x4 champ, when he wouldn't back when he was a nobody (relatively speaking). so will flav capitulate?

  • could be a while yet. in the meantime you can subscribe to the drop.io feed in miro and it’ll do almost the same thing:

    Cool, that was kinda what I was after. Thanks

    Still lovin' the Miro goodness, must be plugged during next SidePubChat/Debrief/Sunday Show type thing

  • Cool, that was kinda what I was after. Thanks

    Still lovin’ the Miro goodness, must be plugged during next SidePubChat/Debrief/Sunday Show type thing

    can do. pls remind me though :)

  • Ronald to drive for Renault?

    http://www.grandprix.com/ns/ns21147.html

    Thought that was gonna be another of Lukeh's great 'shopped pics :D

    can do. pls remind me though

    Will try, you may have to remind me to remind you though :D

  • Think double quoting has foxed the moderation tool, drat!

  • Will try, you may have to remind me to remind you though

    christine!

  • christine!

    Nope. Sorry. Brain like a sieve.

  • I'm being thick here but what does [...] before the start and end of the last comment signify?

  • I’m being thick here but what does [...] before the start and end of the last comment signify?

    it's a trackback from another site that references this post. follow the link to:

    ramblestrip.wordp…-the-new-renault/

    doesn't make a lot of sense in doohickey or lclt, so might remove them when i think of it ;)

  • Ah, thanks.

    I've learnt something new :) Always wondered about that.

  • Nope. Sorry. Brain like a sieve.

    :D Me too lately, hence the request of a reminder to remind

  • Unfortunately not, Ben. We both have full time jobs, and I guess you could class Sidepodcast as a “hobby”.

    That is top commitment then. Thanks guys for been so cool. Im loving that Renault. I wonder if they are sorting out safety issues in a fairly safe environment (though Richard Hammond's accident was on an airfield right?)

  • i’m not sure why people are picking on renault this week?

    I think we can blame the Spanish papers for that - they said Alonso wasn't happy. And you know what an unhappy Alonso can do, especially to the drivers market!

    coulda been, if it wasn’t for that pesky mr. saward getting in there first

    you were ahead of me, that's for sure - i missed it since i couldn't get realtime to work at work, and posted it on the daily post! :P

  • Did Nelson drive the entire test? Seems a waste of mileage when you've got junior testers who could handle the "challenge" that is Kemble at no cost. Perhaps a sign of the seriousness of Renault's concerns?

  • Did Nelson drive the entire test? Seems a waste of mileage when you’ve got junior testers who could handle the “challenge” that is Kemble at no cost. Perhaps a sign of the seriousness of Renault’s concerns?

    he probably needs seat time in the new chassis?

  • Did Nelson drive the entire test? Seems a waste of mileage when you’ve got junior testers who could handle the “challenge” that is Kemble at no cost. Perhaps a sign of the seriousness of Renault’s concerns?

    If it was Aero testing, they may have been making sure the aerodynamics 'fits' his helmet and driving position?

  • If it was Aero testing, they may have been making sure the aerodynamics ‘fits’ his helmet and driving position?

    If that's the case I'm surprised it was Piquet and not Alonso.

  • Did Nelson drive the entire test? Seems a waste of mileage when you’ve got junior testers who could handle the “challenge” that is Kemble at no cost. Perhaps a sign of the seriousness of Renault’s concerns?

    word on the street is it was single day test.

    transporters arrived the day before, which is why grandprixcom said the team were there on wednesday. doesn't appear any running was done though. transporters left again yesterday.

    looks like nelson was the only driver present.

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