Renault Sport Formula One Team completed the first day of the second week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with both Nico Hülkenberg and Carlos Sainz taking turns behind the wheel of the Renault R.S.18.
Nico put in 49 laps in the morning, undertaking the first running with the team’s second chassis. Carlos completed 91 laps in the afternoon, including a race simulation. Even though ultimate lap times were not the target today, both drivers were very closely matched on pace, with Nico’s 1min 21.432secs just 0.023secs faster than Carlos.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km.
Chassis: R.S.18 – 02.
Weather: Dry, blue skies and sunshine. Ambient 13°C - 19°C Track 15°C - 24°C.
Programme: Aero evaluations, set-up work, race simulation.
Laps Completed: 140: 49 Nico; 91 Carlos.
Classification: Nico P7, 1:21.432; Carlos P8, 1:21.455.
Interruptions: Aero-rake removal, gearbox and sensor checks, various red flags.
Carlos will jump back into the car tomorrow morning, handing over at lunchtime to
Nico for afternoon duties.
“There’s not much to say about my running in the morning. We did complete 49 laps, but we did have a few niggles with this chassis on its first outing; no big dramas and at least they were sorted quite quickly. I’m hoping for a decent run tomorrow afternoon.”
“We completed a lot of laps in the afternoon and made good progress in understanding the car despite the wind, which was very tricky at times. However, it’s still very early days regarding set up as today was the first proper running compared to last week. Personally, I felt good in the car and it was great to get some decent laps under my belt. I’m looking forward to working with the crew on some different areas with the car tomorrow morning, where I’m confident we can make further improvement.”
Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer:
“We had a scrappy morning and had to pull the car into the garage on a couple of occasions to check some things, so we didn’t get the mileage we had hoped for this morning with Nico. We recovered well this afternoon and got a race distance in with Carlos. It was interrupted by a couple of red flags but we completed the distance and can be pleased with that. Overall a productive day.”