Spanish GP post race: Renault

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team. Spanish Grand Prix, Saturday 14th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Kevin Magnussen

 

Renault Sport Formula One finished a close-packed thirteenth and fourteenth in today’s Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona- Catalunya. A different strategy was employed across the two cars, with Kevin Magnussen changing to a three-stop race and Jolyon Palmer running to two stops. Both drivers were right together for the final laps, with Palmer finishing just 2.7secs ahead of Magnussen.

Magnussen started the race in P15 on new soft Pirelli tyres, changing to a new set of medium on lap 10, a new set of hard tyres on lap 30 and a scrubbed set of soft tyres on lap 55. Palmer started the race in P17 on new soft tyres, changing to new medium tyres on lap 11 and new hard compound tyres on lap 33.

Kevin Magnussen: “We had decent pace on the soft tyre but on the hard and the medium – especially the medium – we were weak. It wasn’t a good day for me and I’ll be working closely with the team to understand why we weren’t able to deliver. I’m definitely looking forward to the test and getting some new bits on the car as today certainly wasn’t representative of what we’re capable of achieving.”

Jolyon Palmer: “I think that was probably the best race I’ve done in terms of pace and performance. The car was feeling okay, we were battling tyre degradation a bit but it was managable. It’s a bit disappointing not to finish in the points but for myself, I’m happy. More performance should be coming from the upgrades we have in store so I’m looking forward to Monaco.”

Fred Vasseur, Racing Director: “That was a tough race for us but both our drivers pushed hard, right until the chequered flag. Kevin struggled on the hard tyre so we switched strategy for him whereas Jolyon was able to make the most of a two-stop strategy and gave us his best performance to date.

“It was a great race for Formula 1 today. Congratulations to Max Verstappen on his first Grand Prix victory; it is good for the sport to see Red Bull back on the top step of the podium, especially in such an exciting manner.”

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team. Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 13th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16. Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday 17th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Kevin Magnussen

Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 makes a pit stop. Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday 17th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 makes a pit stop. Spanish Grand Prix, Sunday 17th May 2016. Barcelona, Spain.

Jolyon Palmer

Spanish GP qualifying: Renault

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Renault Sport Formula One delivered a closely-matched qualifying result for the Pirelli Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Kevin Magnussen setting the fifteenth fastest time, a 1min 24.625, two positions and just over two tenths ahead of Jolyon Palmer in P17 with a 1min 24.903secs.

Kevin Magnussen: “I think we got everything out of the car, and we did a good job as a team to maximise our potential. I think fifteenth is absolutely the best that we could do today. Looking at it like that, it’s been a good day but I’m certainly looking forward to improving over the coming races. For today, we have to be ready for any opportunities that present themselves. I’m aiming to stay out of trouble and gain all the positions available.”

Jolyon Palmer: “It was disappointing to be so close to getting into Q2 but just being pipped at the final moment. The car’s clearly improved and felt good, I felt happy with my lap from behind the wheel but we were not quite where we needed to be come the end of the session. There’s a little bit more time in the car; let’s try to make some places in the race.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “It was good to make it into Q2 and this shows that progress is being made. We have further significant upgrades to come for the test so yesterday was just another step in this process. Jolyon was very close to being in Q2 despite missing a lot of running Friday which was a strong effort and Kevin was able to deliver close to the car’s full potential so it was a good job from both sides of the garage yesterday.

“It will be a tough race for tyres as we see a lot of degradation here – certainly a lot more than seen at the last couple of races – which should mean a reasonable variety of tyre strategies. Obviously, we’ll be seeking to capitalise from this and move forwards a decent amount with both cars.”

 

Jolyon Palmer

Jolyon Palmer

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