Renault Sport Formula One Team Third and Reserve Driver Esteban Ocon completed a bumper 105 laps behind the wheel of the R.S.16 for the first day of in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Esteban completed a variety of aero and suspension assessments over the course of his first day testing for the team, using only Pirelli’s medium compound tyre.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 03
Weather: Pleasant, hazy and cloudy. Ambient 15°C - 22°C Track 19°C - 37°C
Programme: Aero runs including comparisons, assessments and simulations.
Laps Completed: 105.
Classification: P10, 1:26.530.
Interruptions: Routine garage visits, rake fittings and removals, lunch.
Kevin Magnussen will be in action for tomorrow’s final day of the Barcelona test.
“It was great to be behind the wheel of the R.S.16 for an entire day. We’ve had a pretty full programme but I’d happily do the same again. We completed the second highest number of laps today and I’m happy with how everything went. Of course, it would have been great to have gone for some fast laps with low fuel and soft tyres but that wasn’t the purpose of today. The team’s happy with all the data collected so it’s been great to contribute to the development of the car.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director:
“Today was all about learning as much as possible about our various aero updates, our new suspension components and our latest power unit specification. It’s been an extremely productive day on all fronts and Esteban did a great job for us. We’re looking forward to making further progress with Kevin behind the wheel tomorrow.”