|Valencia Day 5 (full report)
||[18 May 2002|05:53pm]
Renault and Williams were the only runners at Valencia on Saturday as they conducted a private, wet-weather session with tyre suppliers Michelin.
The test ran from 08.30 local time until 16.00. The track was artificially dampened for fifteen minutes, with the cars then given fifteen minutes to put in around five timed laps using various intermediate tyre compounds.
With high ambient temperatures of 32 degrees Celsius, the circuit was dampened again at the end of each fifteen-minute run and the process repeated. This pattern continued throughout the day, with Renault's Jenson Button and Williams drivers Marc Gene and Ralf Schumacher conducting the programme.
Renault test driver Fernando Alonso was also on track from around 12.00 as he carried out additional electronics work for the team.
Williams tester Gene had an unexpected surprise when team mechanics presented him with a 'trophy' to thank him for all his hard work at Valencia this week. It was made from pieces of broken exhaust system - remains of the car he crashed at Silverstone earlier this year.
This week's testing at Valencia is now complete.