The lone red flag of the second day of testing at Valencia was caused by Robert Kubica, whose Renault ground to a halt on the pit straight with five minutes of the day’s running to go.

With no specific problems detected, it is thought that Kubica – who sported a new carbon fibre crash helmet for the day’s running – ran out of fuel. With refuelling banned for the 2010 season, was Renault trying to see how far the car would run on a tank of fuel?

Kubica improved his times from yesterday’s bottom-of-the-timesheet performance in the R30, moving to fourth-quickest at the end of the day.

His pay driver team-mate, Vitaly Petrov, will make his maiden outing on the third and final day’s running.

[Image via ITV-F1]

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