Renault Sport Formula One Team enjoyed a smooth and insightful day’s running at the Hungaroring for the second and final day of the in-season test with Test and Development Driver Artem Markelov in the cockpit for the first time in the Renault R.S.18.
Artem racked up 108 laps around the 4.38km circuit, completing a range of test items and set-up work throughout the day.
Track: Hungaroring, 4.38km
Chassis: Renault R.S.18-04
Weather: Warm, sunny. Ambient 28°C – 34°C Track 40°C – 58°C
Programme: Aero and tyre performance evaluations.
Laps Completed: 108
Classification: P8, 1:18.496
Interruptions: Various red flags
The team will reflect and recharge over the two-week summer shutdown before heading to Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, for round thirteen of the 2018 Formula 1 season.
Artem Markelov: “It was a really good experience to drive the Renault R.S.18 for the first time and I want to say a big thanks to the team for the opportunity. We started on balance settings to get up to speed, and then various tyre assessments including the fast Hypersofts in the afternoon session. The downforce and the braking was different to what I’m used to, but I enjoyed it and it was very interesting to experience that for the first time. I started to build the confidence up as the day progressed, so I expect to get quicker and quicker each time I get an opportunity in the car.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director: “Artem delivered exactly what was required of him today and gave a good account of himself behind the wheel of the R.S.18. It was a solid day working through an extensive technical programme which leaves us with a large amount of data to help refine our set-up and development programme. Artem’s level of feedback was strong for his first time in the car.”