Renault Sport Formula One Team concluded the two-day Barcelona in-season test with Third & Reserve Driver Jack Aitken taking to the wheel of the Renault R.S.18 for the first time at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Jack completed 128 laps with a 1min 18.942secs time his fastest of the 4.7km circuit. The day consisted of a variety of aero and mechanical evaluations over a range of stint lengths as Jack became acclimatised to the car.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: Renault R.S.18 - 03
Weather: Warm, sunny. Ambient 17°C – 28°C Track 21°C – 38°C
Programme: Aero and mechanical evaluations
Laps Completed: 128
Classification: P6, 1:18.942
Interruptions: Two red flags in the afternoon
The team heads to Monaco next weekend (24-27 May) for the sixth Grand Prix of the 2018 Formula 1 season. Jack will contest the fourth round of the FIA Formula 2 Championship over the course of the same weekend.
Jack Aitken: “Today was an amazing experience for me driving a contemporary Formula 1 car for the first time. I was a little surprised how quickly I adapted to the car as I was up to speed quite smoothly in the morning. It was a busy day with a packed programme! We got through it really well, with both the team and myself able to learn a lot through the day. Overall, an awesome day with a lot of laps on the board and plenty of data to analyse so I’m a happy man.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director: “We ran a similar programme to yesterday, the only exception being getting Jack acclimatised in the car. He got up to speed quickly in the morning session and ran consistently with very good feedback. As the day progressed, we began a mixture of runs on a range of tyre compounds, testing different stint lengths, as well as the usual aero and mechanical test item evaluations. Another productive day overall.”