Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg was happy with the opening day with his new outfit on the opening day of pre-season testing at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain.

Hulkenberg who joined the Enstone based outfit from Force India over the winter completed 57 laps, setting the ninth fastest time of the day with a 01:24.784s. Speaking following the opening day of testing action the German commented by saying:

It was an exciting first day with a new team and a completely different type of Formula 1 car. It feels very different out on track with a lot of new aspects to discover as we’re at the start of a steep learning curve. The car certainly feels faster than those to the previous regulations and it is fun to drive. You certainly realise you’ve got more downforce in the corners. It wasn’t the most trouble-free day, but it’s been a good start in my new home.

Hulkenberg completed aero work, installation runs, set-up programmes and speaking about the day of running, Renault Sport F1 Team chassis technical director, Nick Chester commented by saying:

Even though we didn’t get as many laps as we wanted, it’s been a productive first day of the test for the R.S.17. We have made good progress in terms of understanding the balance required for these new cars and we have a good direction for tomorrow. It was great to have Nico in the car and we ended the day with a long run to give us a good amount of data to work over. We did lose track time whilst we rectified some issues with the front brake ducts, but we have that in hand. Overall, we learnt a lot today.

Jolyon Palmer will be in the car on Tuesday.

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