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

Interview with Eric Boullier, Renault F1

The start of a new Formula One season is always a time of great anticipation. For Renault, this is particularly true in 2010 as it signals a new era for the team after the scandal of the previous one. With a new structure in place, new drivers, and new colours, the team feels there is a lot to be excited about and much to look forward to in the year ahead.

Eric, how’ve you been settling in as the new Team Principal of Renault F1?

“I’ve received a very warm welcome from everybody. Of course, the last four or so weeks have been very busy for the entire team, but I’ve been impressed with the motivation and work ethic of the factory.

“Now that the new season is approaching, we must keep focused and push hard to deliver a strong performance from the first race. For me, the human side of the job is by far the most important.”

Has everything gone smoothly with the new car build?

“On the whole the car build has gone to plan. Of course, there are always some issues to overcome during the winter, especially as the design office has taken some bold decisions with the design of the car. But, as I have said, everything has come together. We’ve hit our deadlines.”

The R30 features a classic yellow and black livery. Are you pleased to see the return of these iconic Renault colours?

“For me it’s definitely a good decision and I think the car looks stunning – it’s eye-catching and reminds people of Renault’s heritage in the sport. It reminds me of when I was a kid, watching Arnoux, Prost… It also sends out a clear message about Renault’s commitment to Formula One.”

Robert Kubica – what’s he like to work with?

“We are of course delighted to have Robert on board as he is clearly one of the best drivers on the grid. He’s extremely quick, experienced, and is a real fighter who never gives up, which fits well with our attitude at Renault. Robert’s approach is helping push the team forward because he’s just as hungry for success as we are.”

It’s early days in the season, but what objectives do you have in mind for 2010?

“We clearly want to be back at the front and capable of challenging for podiums as soon as possible. It would be too optimistic to say we want to be there from race one, but the progress and simulations we have seen over the winter are encouraging. We also have the resources at Enstone to deliver good development steps during the season so that we continue to improve from race to race. The aim, then, is to fight regularly for the podium in the last part of the season.”

Talk us through the resources that will support this aggressive development programme?

“Most importantly we have just completed a considerable upgrade to the wind tunnel. This will play a major role in our aero development throughout the year. We also have a modern CFD facility, which complements the work done in the wind tunnel (and vice-versa). It’s still a relatively new technology, but it’s now starting to reach a level of maturity and is giving us the results we always expected from it.

“There’s also the mechanical design team which has done an excellent job with the R30 and it will continue to feed upgrades to the car during the season.”

How do you feel about the first race of the season in Bahrain?

“It will be our first chance to see where we stand compared with our competitors in real racing conditions. We can go there safe in the knowledge that the entire team has put in an enormous effort over the winter and is determined to convert all that hard work into a strong performance on the racetrack.

“I would just like to take this opportunity to thank all the team members for their efforts over the last few months. I’m convinced that they’ll pay off on the racetrack.”

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