Renault Sport Formula One Team completed a bumper 190 laps on the second day of the second week of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Carlos Sainz completed 88 laps in the morning before Nico Hülkenberg broached three-figures in the afternoon with 102 laps completed. Running to different programmes, Carlos set a best lap time of 1min 20.042secs; Nico a 1min 20.758secs.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km.
Chassis: R.S.18 – 02.
Weather: Dry, blue skies and sunshine. Ambient 9°C - 16°C Track 10°C - 30°C.
Programme: Set-up work, race simulation.
Laps Completed: 190: 88 Carlos; 102 Nico.
Classification: Carlos P7, 1:20.042; Nico P11, 1:20.758.
Interruptions: Various red flags.
Nico will jump back into the car tomorrow morning, handing over at lunchtime to
Carlos for afternoon duties.
“Today was a great day. We finished our run plan and did a lot of laps without any trouble. Track conditions were finally starting to be representative: the wind was a lot less at that point, with normal track temperatures and grip levels for Barcelona. This helped us to understand the car. Today we focussed on exploring different set-up options, which was something I really enjoyed. It was a very productive morning.”
“That was a good day with some proper time in the car so I’m a happy man. Obviously, we’re still at the early stages of learning about the performance potential, but it’s a strong positive to get more than 100 laps on the board so a fine afternoon.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director:
“Today was a decent day where we hit our targets. Carlos completed long runs and set-up work in the morning, handing over to Nico for some short runs and then a race simulation in the afternoon. The R.S.18 has run faultlessly which means we have a lot of information to work on. For the final days of the test we will run similar programmes as we extract further performance from the car.”