Renault F1 Team officially started its 2020 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season preparations today on Day 1 of Formula 1 winter testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Esteban Ocon took the wheel of the Renault R.S.20 in the morning session, building on from his maiden outing in the car on Monday as part of the team’s shakedown and commercial filming day. Esteban completed 62 laps during a programme which consisted of building mileage and growing comfort in the car.
Daniel Ricciardo then took over driving duties in the afternoon for his first experience in the 2020 challenger. The Australian’s running was limited to 56 laps and he will resume in the seat tomorrow morning.
Esteban Ocon, P8, 1:18.004, 62 laps:
“It feels awesome to be back driving a Formula 1 car. I had a big smile on my face leaving the garage as it’s been a while since I’ve had my own race car. It’s really cool to think about the thousands of hours which have been put into creating this car and then feeling it come alive on track. In terms of our programme, we’ve made a solid start and we have a good base to work from. We know we have to keep working this week and make some improvements ready for the first race. We have to be precise in our work and make everything count. I’m looking forward to continuing the progress through the week.”
Daniel Ricciardo, P7, 1:17.873, 56 laps:
“It’s great to be driving again and I felt quite comfortable in the car from the get-go, which was cool. Esteban obviously warmed the car up nicely this morning, and I felt I was more or less straight back into it and in a rhythm when it was my turn in the afternoon. There are improvements on the car and we’ve obviously changed it a lot visually, which is quite clear when you look at the front nose. The improvements are there, and ultimately that’s what we’re targeting. It’s too early to make any comparisons, but our reliability was pretty strong, and I would say it’s promising. You can’t ask for too much more from day one, so I’m happy with that.”
Daniel will test the R.S 20 on Thursday morning while Esteban will be back in the car for the afternoon.