Renault Sport Formula One Team commenced the first day of the Hungary in-season test with Test Driver Nicholas Latifi behind the wheel. Nicholas completed a total of 54 laps with a best time of 1min 20.302secs, the seventh quickest of the day. This was the second test day in the R.S.17 for Nicholas, who drove for the team in Barcelona for a Pirelli test in May. Today’s programme was predominantly focused on aerodynamic assessments and evaluations.
Track: Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary, 4.4km
Chassis: R.S.17 – 04
Weather: Hot, sunny. Ambient 29°C – 35°C Track 35°C – 55°C
Programme: Aero and set-up assessments
Laps Completed: 54
Classification: P7, 1:20.302
Interruptions: Red flags, engine change
Robert Kubica will get his first taste of the R.S.17 for tomorrow’s second and final day of the Hungarian test.
“It’s such a cool experience driving a 2017 Formula 1 car, even when the temperatures are as hot as they were today. After I did the Pirelli test in Barcelona I was really looking forward to getting out again. The car felt great and I hope I gave the team all the feedback required. The guys did a great job in the garage with the engine change so I could get back out at the end of the day. Obviously, it was a shame to miss out on some of the planned mileage, especially some low fuel runs on the Ultrasoft tyres, but overall it’s been a positive day.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director:
“Nicholas did a good job on his second time in the R.S.17. In the morning we focused on aero elements around the rear wheels and he gave us good feedback. Unfortunately, we had an unscheduled engine change at lunchtime which meant a modified run programme for the afternoon.”