Renault Sport Formula One drivers Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg unveil the R.S.17, the team's new car for the 2017, during a launch event at the Royal Horticultural Halls in central London on February 21, 2017. / AFP / NIKLAS HALLE'N (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP/Getty Images)
Renault completed its first day of pre-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Nico Hülkenberg behind the wheel of the R.S.17 on Monday.
Nico completed 57 laps of the track, with the R.S.17 running reliably.

Car and driver did spend more time than planned in the garage, however, whilst modifications were made to the front brake ducts.

Nico ran solely on the medium compound Pirelli tyre, setting a best lap time of 1min 24.784secs.

This was the car’s second track appearance, following a promotional filming day on Saturday February 25, also in Barcelona.

 “It was an exciting first day with a new team and a completely different type of Formula 1 car,” Nico said. “ 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.”
Fast Facts from Barcelona:
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km.
Chassis: R.S.17 – 01.
Weather: Crisp and sunny. Ambient 15°C - 20°C Track 17°C - 26°C
Programme: Aero run, initial set-up work, installation assessments.
Laps Completed: 57.
Classification: 9, 1:24.784.
Interruptions: Aero-rake removal, brake duct fettling, installation evaluation.
Next up: Jolyon Palmer will be in action on Tuesday.