Return to F1: Renault and Racing Point the last teams to return to practice

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Renault and Racing Point have become the last teams to return to the race track as the countdown to the start of the delayed 2020 season intensifies.

After Mercedes world champions finished a two-day session with their 2018 car at Silverstone last week to practice the new secure COVID F1 protocols when racing resumes at the Austrian GP from July 3, two of their rivals have performed similar tests.

Renault was in Austria Tuesday and Wednesday with its own 2018 challenger to test on the Red Bull Ring, the site of the first two races of 2020.

Tuesday, Daniel Ricciardo completed 115 laps in RS18, his teammate Esteban Ocon taking over on Wednesday.

The Frenchman, who has yet to start racing for the team, completed 143 laps – the equivalent of two race distances in the Austrian GP.

It was the first time Ricciardo has driven for the team since his move to McLaren for 2021 was announced last month.

Meanwhile, rivals Racing Point used their 2020 car at Silverstone on Wednesday for their second authorized day of promotional filming this year. Lance Stroll conducted the test for the team.

But although Racing Point had driven their current car for the first time in an eye-catching preseason, the regulations regarding shooting days meant that they were limited to 100 km on the track with designated demonstration tires.

The ride reached the mileage limit in the morning before the rain arrived at Silverstone for the afternoon.

“Despite the nature of the day, however, the team did not neglect to ensure that safety remained the top priority for all members of the track team,” said Racing Point.

“Under strict security protocols, the event took place behind closed doors without public access and all necessary precautions were taken in terms of the provision of PPE. ”

Teams driving older cars may race without restriction.

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Watch Silverstone footage as Valtteri Bottas puts Mercedes back on track for the first time since February and new distance and safety protocols

Watch Silverstone footage as Valtteri Bottas puts Mercedes back on track for the first time since February and new distance and safety protocols

Prepare for the return of F1 live on Sky Sports

Seven months after the end of the 2019 campaign, Formula 1 finally resumes racing from July 3 to 5 at the Austrian Grand Prix.

Eight summer races at six locations across Europe have been announced so far, with a new schedule that will run until December and is expected to be confirmed soon.

Confirmed dates for F1 2020 so far

July the 5thAustrian GP – Spielberg
July 12Steiermark GP – Spielberg
July 19Hungarian GP – Budapest
August 2ndBritish GP – Silverstone
August 970th anniversary GP – Silverstone
August 16GP of Spain – Barcelona
August 30Belgian GP – Spa-Francorchamps
September 6Italian GP – Monza

F1 targets a season of 15 to 18 races.

All races will be live on Sky Sports F1 – the only place to watch the entire season live.

The Formula 1 season kicks off July 3-5 live on Sky Sports F1 with the Austrian GP. The race is the first of eight in 10 weeks in Europe, with each race live on Sky Sports.

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