Renault Not Planning Major Upgrade in Barcelona

Unlike some of the championship's big guns, Renault is not planning any major updates for their R30 ahead of this weekend's Spanish Grand Prix. Of course, the car will feature some new aerodynamic devices for Barcelona, but the development programme will go just as it went in the first 4 rounds of the season, putting less emphasis on the “European start” of the 2010 season.

The next race in Barcelona will be another big test for us because the return to Europe is usually a turning point in the season with many teams planning big upgrades to their cars,” said Robert Kubica.

We are not planning to bring any huge updates, but we will keep gradually improving the car, just like we did during the first four races. We have to wait and see how we compare with the others; maybe the order of the teams will be quite different compared to the start of the year,” added the Polish driver.

Kubica's teammate Vitaly Petrov also has high expectations for the upcoming race at Barcelona, especially after completing his first race of the season in China. The fact that he even scored an impressive 7th place came as a bonus, which now forces him to aim higher for the races to come. The Spanish Grand Prix will provide him with a good opportunity to piggyback on his Shanghai performances, as the race will go down on a circuit where he competed in previous years.

I've raced there many times in GP2 and we tested in Barcelona over the winter. We didn't have a very good test there in February, but hopefully the weather and track conditions will be different for the race and that will give us a chance to do better. As a circuit, it's technically very difficult and overtaking is almost impossible, which is why qualifying will be very important,” added the Russian driver.
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