Renault Sport Formula One Team ran for a productive morning at the first day of the Hungarian in-season test with Nico Hülkenberg at the wheel. Unfortunately for the team, an electrical issue on the car required extensive diagnosis and time-consuming rectification meaning no running for Nico in the afternoon.
Track: Hungaroring, 4.38km
Chassis: Renault R.S.18-04
Weather: Warm, sunny with sudden shower in the afternoon. Ambient 28°C – 32°C Track 33°C – 60°C
Programme: Aero and tyre performance evaluations.
Laps Completed: 63
Classification: P8, 1:20.826
Interruptions: Aero rake removal, diagnosis and rectification of electrical issue.
The team will be out tomorrow with Artem Markelov making his debut behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.18.
Nico Hülkenberg: “It was good to work on the car in the morning, but my afternoon was rather less productive. That’s the nature of testing sometimes, and it’s better to be affected by things like these at a test than during a race. My focus is now very much on recharging my batteries and coming back for Spa in top form.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director: “Today was the first time we ran with chassis R.S.18-04 and we did have a productive morning of aero tests and working on set-up developments from the weekend to help determine future directions. Unfortunately, the afternoon run plan was interrupted by an electrical issue which took a long time to diagnose and then rectify. We are looking forward to seeing Artem make his debut in the car tomorrow."