Jolyon Palmer completed the final day of pre-season testing for Renault Sport Formula One Team with 90 laps behind the wheel of the R.S.16 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Jolyon posted a best lap time during the day of 1min 24.859secs. Over the course of the two pre-season tests the team has completed 776 laps, a total distance of 3647km.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 01
Weather: Cool to warm and sunny. Ambient 10°C – 19°C Track 11°C - 29°C
Programme: Set-up, tyre performance, various race weekend simulations
Laps Completed: 90
Classification: P8, 1:24.859
The team will pack up and head back to Enstone, England, for final preparations ahead of the start of the 2016 FIA Formula 1 World Championship at Melbourne’s Albert Park circuit for the Australian Grand Prix on March 18-20.
“I was happy to complete 90 laps with a variety of different simulations where I sampled the car on different tyres, fuel and set-up combinations. The team is certainly well prepared and I’m confident of being able to show well for the first race and beyond. We didn’t quite manage all we had planned for today, but that’s the nature of testing. We’re definitely in a good place looking to the start of the season.”
Fred Vasseur, Racing Director:
“It’s been a strong and productive test for the team and it’s been great to see the combination of Enstone and Viry reunited and doing what they do best on track. For sure, there have been some minor glitches over the course of the eight days in Barcelona, but that is the nature of testing. The important factors are that we have a good base to work from and a great collection of people working towards the same objective. Both Jolyon and Kevin have been impressive and we all can’t wait to see how the last two weeks’ work translates once we get on track in Albert Park.”