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Renault to conduct two-day test at the Red Bull Ring

Renault to conduct two-day test at the Red Bull Ring

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Renault to conduct two-day test at the Red Bull Ring

Renault to conduct two-day test at the Red Bull Ring

Renault will complete a two-day test at the Red Bull Ring next week in order to adjust to the new health and safety protocols introduced to Formula 1 for the 2020 season.

Renault will conduct the test on Tuesday 16 June and Wednesday 17 in much the same fashion as Mercedes at Silverstone, running older machinery for as many laps as the team wishes, rather than using the 2020 car and being subject to strict regulations.

The team has confirmed that Esteban Ocon will drive the 2018 RS18 on Tuesday, with Daniel Ricciardo taking over on Wednesday, the Australian driving for the first time since announcing his upcoming move to rivals McLaren.

A brief statement from Renault read: "A big thank you to all team members who have come together to find logistical solutions to give our drivers the best possible preparation for the first two races of the season in Austria."

Renault is the first team to announce a test away from the country in which they are based - Mercedes and Racing Point both testing at Silverstone with Ferrari remaining in Italy for a systems check.

This may mean that Formula 1 has been able to secure a certain amount of wriggle room in the strict UK government's quarantine regulations, or it indicates that mechanics and engineers taking part in the test will not be a part of the main race team for the season opener on July 5.

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