Renault Sport Formula One Team completed a fruitful in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Kevin Magnussen pounding in 122 laps in the R.S.16. Kevin ended the day as the eighth fastest driver with a 1min 25.133secs lap. The team assessed a variety of aerodynamic and mechanical improvements to the car including the latest specification power unit. Over the course of the past two days the R.S.16 has completed a total of 227 laps.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 03
Weather: Sunnier than yesterday. Ambient 14°C - 23°C Track 20°C - 44°C
Programme: Aero runs including comparisons, assessments and simulations.
Laps Completed: 122.
Classification: P8, 1:25.133.
Interruptions: Routine garage visits, rake fittings and removals, lunch.
“That was a full day for me and a productive one. I think the only issue I experienced all day was wanting to take my helmet off for a little break. The car feels good and it was great to conduct such a wide variety of assessments as it shows we’re clearly making progress. It wasn’t just me busy in the car, all the crew were flat out changing bits or adding or removing rakes so a big thanks to everyone for their hard work after the race here. It’s definitely been a positive test. The power unit feels stronger and has better driveability and there are some other good improvements too.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director:
“Today has been a highly positive day of testing following on from Esteban’s good work yesterday. Kevin gave us everything we needed over a wide range of simulations and assessments. We’ve now run for two long days with the latest specification power unit with no major issues or concerns. We’ve tested all the aero and mechanical parts we wanted which allows us to plan our next race upgrades effectively. It’s just a few days before we head to Monaco but we have plenty to keep us busy to bring extra performance to the car for Kevin and Jolyon to enjoy on track.”