The hottest weekend of the World Series by Renault so far took-off today at the Hungaroring venue near Budapest. With temperatures higher than 30° C, the teams and drivers lined-up at the Hungarian venue for the two traditional Friday testing session. For the whole pack, as well as for the AVF by Adrián Vallés stable, there was a major news as Renault Sport decided to stop mandating the use of the low downforce package in some of the sessions throughout the weekend.
The AVF drivers put together a solid day of work although their laptimes were impacted by bad luck. While lining-up in the afternoon with new rubber, Dutch female racer Beitske Visser was slowed down by traffic and ended the day in 15th after barely missing the top-10 in the morning. On the other hand, Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr was also prevented from taking advantage of his new tires.
Alfonso Celis Jr (#15) Test 1: P14 1’32”802 – Test 2: P19 1’31”874
“I’m a little tired due to the weather, but it’s nothing that can really impact on the performance. I’m disappointed because during the afternoon session, when I went out with new tires, I locked the front creating a mega flat-spot that forced me to abort the lap. That cost me the chance to improve my laptime”.
Beitske Visser (#16) Test 1: P11 1’32”163 – Test 2: P15 1’31”303
“Working without the LDF package is like being back to last year. With the high temperatures we will have on Race Day, it will be really interesting to see how the cars will handle. It will be necessary to manage the tires and the technical package. I’m satisfied with this morning’s result, while we struggled a little more this afternoon”.
Saturday: Qualifying 1 8:30 – Race 1 11:45
Sunday: Qualifying 2 8:30 – Race 2 13:00