Ricciardo completes Renault F1 test in Austria

Daniel Ricciardo has made his Formula 1 testing return with Renault on Austria's Red Bull Ring ahead of the 2020 season opener in two weeks’ time.

Ricciardo completes Renault F1 test in Austria

Renault announced last week that it would be holding a private test at the Spielberg circuit using its 2018 car, stepping up its preparations for the delayed start to the 2020 campaign.

Seven-time grand prix winner Ricciardo was the first to complete running in Austria for Renault, having recently returned to Europe after spending much of lockdown in Australia.

Ricciardo completed 115 laps of the Red Bull Ring as part of Renault’s preparations for the new season, equating to 500 km.

The team released a short video clip of Ricciardo completing a grid start in the 2018-spec car, which donned the team’s all-black testing livery.

 

The test will have given Renault a first opportunity to get to grips with the updated protocols set to be enforced for the opening races of the new season following the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes team personnel wearing masks and adhering to social distancing guidelines where possible, with a more detailed plan set to be revealed by the FIA later this week.

Mercedes has already completed two days of testing at Silverstone to get up to speed with the new procedures, while Ferrari, AlphaTauri and Racing Point have also confirmed plans for running in the coming weeks.

Renault will complete a second day of testing in Austria on Wednesday, with Esteban Ocon taking over from teammate Ricciardo in the R.S.18 car.

Conducting running in Austria has obvious benefits given the circuit will host the opening two races of the 2020 season on July 5 and July 12.

However, the decision was not taken for that reason alone, with quarantine restrictions in both France and the UK complicating plans to test at either Paul Ricard or Silverstone. Any staff travelling between the countries for a test would have been forced to isolate for two weeks upon returning.

Racing Point and AlphaTauri will both conduct filming days with their 2020 cars ahead of the season starting, running at Silverstone and Imola respectively. Both tests will be limited to 100 km as per the F1 testing regulations.

Ferrari will complete a test at Fiorano with its 2018 car, the SF71H, with Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc in the near future.

Read Also:

shares
comments
Why Kubica brings a new perspective to Alfa Romeo
Previous article

Why Kubica brings a new perspective to Alfa Romeo

Next article

Formula 1 won’t rush allowing fans back to races

Formula 1 won’t rush allowing fans back to races
Load comments
How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison Prime

How getting sacked from Benetton made Mercedes' Allison

He’s had a hand in world championship-winning Formula 1 cars for Benetton, Renault and Mercedes, and was also a cog in the Schumacher-Ferrari axis. Having recently ‘moved upstairs’ as Mercedes chief technical officer, James Allison tells Stuart Codling about his career path and why being axed by Benetton was one of the best things that ever happened to him.

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2021
The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback Prime

The remarkable qualities that propelled Kubica’s F1 comeback

It’s easy to look at Robert Kubica’s second Formula 1 career and feel a sense of sadness that he didn’t reach the heights for which he seemed destined. But as Ben Anderson discovered, performance and results are almost meaningless in this context – something more fundamental and incredible happened…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2021
The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren Prime

The humbling changes Ricciardo made to deliver for McLaren

From being lapped by his own teammate in Monaco to winning at Monza, it’s been a tumultuous first season at McLaren for Daniel Ricciardo. But, as he tells STUART CODLING, there’s more to the story of his turnaround than having a lovely summer holiday during Formula 1's summer break...

Formula 1
Nov 26, 2021
The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title Prime

The potential benefits of losing the F1 constructors' title

As the battle continues to rage over the F1 2021 drivers' championship, teams up and down the grid are turning their attentions to the prize money attributed to each position in the constructors' standings. But F1's sliding scale rules governing wind tunnel and CFD use will soften the blow for those who miss out on the top places

Formula 1
Nov 25, 2021
The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher Prime

The invisible enemy that's made Hamilton's title charge tougher

After winning his past few Formula 1 titles as a canter, Lewis Hamilton currently trails Max Verstappen by eight points heading into the final double-header of 2021. Although Red Bull has been his biggest on-track challenge, Hamilton feels that he has just as much to grapple with away from the circuit

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2021
Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay Prime

Why F1's inconvenient penalties have to stay

OPINION: Quibbles over the length of time taken by Formula 1's stewards over decisions are entirely valid. But however inconvenient it is, there can be no questioning the importance of having clearly defined rules that everyone understands and can stick to. Recent events have shown that ambiguity could have big consequences

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax Prime

The mistakes Red Bull cannot afford to repeat in F1 2021's title fight climax

OPINION: Red Bull has had Formula 1’s fastest package for most of 2021, but in several of the title run-in events it has wasted the RB16B’s potential. It cannot afford to do so again with Lewis Hamilton motoring back towards Max Verstappen in the drivers’ standings with two rounds remaining

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2021
Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Qatar Grand Prix driver ratings

Qatar was a virtual unknown for most as Formula 1 made its inaugural visit to the Gulf state, and tyre management quickly emerged as an even more critical factor than normal. Perhaps then it should come as no surprise that two of the championship's elder statesmen produced standout drives

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2021