Renault F1 Team began preparations for this weekend’s Emirates Spanish Grand Prix today at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Nico Hülkenberg ended the day as the team’s quicker driver, posting a 1min 18.861secs in the afternoon session with team-mate Daniel Ricciardo 0.073secs down on his time.

Both drivers enjoyed promising long run pace with Nico driving 43 laps and Daniel 40 laps in Free Practice 2.

Alan Permane Technical programme notes
• Free Practice 1 took place in warm and dry conditions with both cars testing new aero components.
• Nico completed 25 laps on Pirelli’s Soft tyre (Red, C3), with Daniel accumulating 24 laps on the same compound.
• In Free Practice 2, Nico began on Hard tyres (White, C1) before switching to Softs and, later, again to Hards.
• Daniel started his session on Mediums (Yellow, C2), changing to Softs midway through his programme and back to Mediums to complete his day.

What we learned today:
We have work to do on our short run pace ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.19-02
Free Practice 1: P10, 1:19.450, 25 laps
Free Practice 2: P14, 1:18.861, 43 laps

Nico: “Today was quite a standard Friday with nothing too special to report. We did the usual mix of short and long runs across both sessions as well as some tyre assessment. As always around here, we were chasing the balance of the car and we have some work to do in that area. The car didn’t feel perfect today and we have some room for improvement looking ahead to tomorrow’s qualifying.”

Daniel Ricciardo, #3, R.S.19-03
Free Practice 1: P11, 1:19.511, 24 laps
Free Practice 2: P15, 1:18.934, 40 laps

Daniel: “There was a lot learned today. I felt the car was pretty good to start the day and better than what we showed on the timesheets. There is more potential and we have some work to do to identify why we couldn’t demonstrate that pace over one lap. That said, it seemed better on the high-fuel runs. Tomorrow, we’ll look to extract better qualifying pace."

Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director: “In FP1, we evaluated some new aero components. In FP2 we completed our usual short and long run comparisons of tyre compounds. Our short run pace and car balance wasn’t where we wanted to be, so that’s an area for assessment overnight. However, our long runs, especially on the Medium tyre, looked better. We have some pace to find on short runs ahead of FP3 and qualifying tomorrow.”

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