Esteban Ocon brings two-day Renault F1 test to a close
Esteban Ocon returned to the wheel of a Formula 1 car on Wednesday, driving on the second and final day of a private test at the Red Bull Ring.
Daniel Ricciardo racked up 115-laps on Tuesday before handing the keys of the 2018 Renault RS18 to Ocon for Wednesday.
In using the older machinery, Renault were able to drive complete as many laps as they wanted. In contrast, Racing Point elected to run a 2020 spec car at Silverstone, but were restricted to just 100km of running.
Highlighting this ability, Ocon completed 143 laps of the Austrian Grand Prix circuit, equalling a total distance of roughly 614km.
Ocon is returning to Formula 1 after failing to land a ride for the 2019 season - his move from Racing Point to Renault ironically breaking down when his now teammate Ricciardo became available for hire.
Aside from pre-season testing in February and the post-season Pirelli tyre test in Abu Dhabi, this day of running in Austria is the only meaningful time the Frenchman has spent behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car since the 2018 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
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