Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the second and final day of the Bahrain International Circuit in-season test with Sergey Sirotkin getting his first taste of the R.S.17.
Sergey drove for 90 laps with a full programme of aero, tyre, suspension and set-up assessments, as well as wind tunnel correlation work, with a best lap time of 1min 32.287secs.
Track: Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain, 5.4km
Chassis: R.S.17 – 01
Weather: Hot, sunny. Ambient 29°C - 35°C Track 32°C - 41°C
Programme: Suspension, aero, tyre and set-up assessments, wind tunnel correlation work
Laps Completed: 90
Classification: P9 1:32.287
Interruptions: One red flag
Renault Sport Formula One Team’s cars will head straight to Sochi ahead of next week’s Russian Grand Prix.
“It was quite a good, and quite a busy day, and it was great to be out in action as I’ve been waiting for this day a very long time! I enjoyed every second of being in the car, even if the programme was not the most exciting for the driver. The car is amazingly quick and I noticed the difference in grip immediately from the previous generation. That said, you soon get used to the extra speed. I can’t wait to get to Sochi.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director:
“Today went completely to plan. Sergey impressed us as he was quickly up to speed and didn’t put a foot wrong despite having not driven since the end of last year. We completed a full programme including evaluations of suspension, set-ups, aero, tyre and wind tunnel correlation work. As with yesterday, we weren’t chasing particular headline times for the day, rather building a basis for further pace at the forthcoming races and we’re confident that the work done here will be highly beneficial in that aim.”