Fernando Alonso was mentioned he felt “good potential” in Renault’s Method One automobile throughout his test at Barcelona’s Circuit de Catalunya on Tuesday.
The 100km check is a part of Alonso’s preparation for his return subsequent 12 months, when he’ll take the place of Daniel Ricciardo. The 2-time world champion left F1 on the finish of 2018 after 4 disappointing seasons with McLaren.
“I believe the automobile was a pleasant shock,” Alonso mentioned on Tuesday. “We all know the automobile is performing nicely on the final couple of races and I felt the grip and positively good potential in it.
“The final time I drove a Renault engine was in 2018 and I felt a step forwards, which is sort of essential there. Every little thing felt good.
“I wasn’t in a position to maximise the efficiency of the automobile as a result of I am less than velocity but, however I am pleased with the day.”
Alonso’s check got here simply two days after Ricciardo took Renault again to the rostrum on the Eifel Grand Prix, its first top-three end since returning to the grid as a producer staff in 2016.
Requested if that outcome made him even hungrier for fulfillment, Alonso replied: “I am nonetheless the identical after Sunday. I do know what the staff is able to and I do know the prospects for the long run are good. The rostrum is a factor that needed to occur. Most essential factor is to comply with the development that we see now, maintain the momentum into subsequent 12 months, particularly for 2022, and I believe we all know tips on how to do it.”