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Renault to test at Red Bull Ring with 2018 F1 car

  • Published on 12 Jun 2020 16:12
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Renault will return to a race track in a Formula 1 car next week, as its boosts its preparations for the 2020 season at a two-day test in Austria.

The Enstone-based squad will run the R.S.18 at the Red Bull Ring, as regulations state teams cannot run cars that fall in line with the previous, current or next year's regulations.

On Tuesday, June 16, Daniel Ricciardo will be behind the wheel of the car before his teammate Esteban Ocon takes over on Wednesday. 

Teams are beginning to ramp up rehearsals ahead of the start of the 2020 season, which has been delayed by three and a half months due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

With the Red Bull Ring being the venue of the opening two races of the year, Renault will be able to gain insight into how safety and hygiene measures will operate at the circuit. 

When the season does get underway, a number of modified procedures must be adhered to and ceremonies such as the pre-race build-up and the post-race celebrations are set to change. 

Earlier this week Mercedes conducted a two-day test at the Silverstone Circuit, enduring the 'new normal' of face masks and social distancing.

Ferrari is also believed to be testing in an old car before the 2020 season begins in Austria next month.

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  • Snooky

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    Not sure why they haven’t done what Merc and RP have done to get up to speed in this years car? Odd move

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    • Jun 13 2020 - 08:40
    • siggy74

      Posts: 194

      The decision to use its RS18 car means the French car manufacturer can run unlimited mileage ;p

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      • Jun 13 2020 - 20:08
    • One of the main proponents of this move is to understand the tires. Bring operations up to speed.

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      • Jun 14 2020 - 06:25
    • Snooky

      Posts: 121

      Tyres makes sense to an extent, but if this years car handles differently and uses the tyres differently then it’s all a waste of time. The only experience they have with this years car is winter testing which isn’t going to be representative at temp of this time of year

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      • Jun 14 2020 - 10:00
  • siggy74

    Posts: 194

    Its not just about the car.. The track will change once more rubbers on it......

    It gives the drives a chance to enjoy the car, and build back up the skills from the lack of drive time...

    Those E games just dont add the G forces..

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    • Jun 17 2020 - 13:31

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