Racing Point get 2020 F1 car on track at Silverstone
LONDON (Reuters) - Racing Point was the first Formula One team to put its car on the track for 2020 after the shutdown of COVID-19 when Lance Stroll took part in a private mileage test at Silverstone on Wednesday.
None of the team's 10 drivers have spun a wheel in their latest cars since testing ended in Spain in February.
The teams have two advertising days in the season for filming, and Stroll traveled 100 km with Pirelli demonstration tires on the racetrack above the road from the Racing Point factory.
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Renault was also at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where the season is scheduled to start on July 5 with two successive races. Frenchman Esteban Ocon was behind the wheel of the 2018 team, covering 614 km.
"I missed it so much. 145 laps before the Austrian Grand Prix felt fresh, ready, and more," he said on Instagram.
Australian Daniel Ricciardo drove 115 laps and 500 km on Tuesday.
Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas drove the title-winning car W09 from 2018 last week when they were training protocols for non-spectator races and special measures related to the pandemic.
Other drivers have also returned to the cockpit after months of working in the gym and simulated races, but in less powerful cars.
McLaren's Lando Norris drove a Formula 3 car at Silverstone this month.
"It's surprising how many high-profile drivers want to drive an F3 car to get their eyes back on," Trevor Carlin, who leads teams in various junior series, told Reuters.
"Lando is doing Silverstone again this week and (teammate) Carlos (Sainz) is also going to have a day with him. I had a Red Bull driver, a Williams driver and several other young drivers out too."
(Reporting by Alan Baldwin, Editing by Ed Osmond)
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