Renault and Nico Hulkenberg enjoyed a reliable and consistent on the opening day of pre-season testing in Barcelona.

The French team didn’t quite get as many laps as it wanted however following an issue with the front brake ducts of its R.S.17 which slightly shortened its programmed track time.

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But Hulkenberg, who looked like a somewhat negative ‘Stig’ as he donned an immaculate black helmet with a dark visor, sampled only the medium tyre compound, was happy with his day at the office.

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“It was an exciting first day with a new team and a completely different type of Formula 1 car,” said the German.

“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.”

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