Renault F1 Team’s Esteban Ocon completed 205 laps at the wheel of the Renault R.S.19 across two days testing in Abu Dhabi, to officially conclude the 2019 season.
Esteban drove 77 laps on Day 1 and 128 laps on Day 2 at the Yas Marina Circuit, as he continued to acclimatise to the car and the team ahead of next year’s 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship where he will partner Daniel Ricciardo in yellow.
This week’s test primarily focused on evaluating Pirelli’s 2020 tyre range and running comparisons with this year’s compounds. For the team, it was beneficial to bed Esteban in before the winter break with pre-season testing in Barcelona just 76 days away.
Esteban Ocon: “It’s been a busy two days in Abu Dhabi with a great outcome to write 2019 off with a nice ending. Today, especially, was very productive; it was probably worth two days of testing. We worked through a lot of things, which was very useful. I was getting used to everything again and growing more comfortable on each run. There were some important details cleared on my side and we also identified some areas we need to work on over the winter. I would like to thank Renault for this opportunity, I wish all the team a great winter after a busy season and I look forward to seeing them again soon.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director: “This week’s test has been very good with Esteban in the team. We drove 205 laps, with the car, and Esteban, running faultlessly. You wouldn’t know he hadn’t been driving regularly, given his excellent fitness and ability to keep consistent. His feedback was good, and we had no issues at all. It means we are well prepared for our winter campaign and we can go into next year ready to hit the ground running.”