Jolyon Palmer fell just short of 100 laps on his first day behind the wheel of the Renault Sport Formula One Team R.S.16 in the second pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. Jolyon completed 98 laps with a best time of 1min 26.224secs.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 01
Weather: Nippy to warm and sunny. Ambient 11°C-18°C Track 11°C-28°C
Programme: Set-up work, race simulation
Laps Completed: 98
Classification: P10, 1:26.224
Jolyon Palmer will be in action for the eighth and final day of pre-season testing tomorrow.
“I watched Kevin notch-up so many laps over the past few days that when my day didn’t start to plan I was thinking ‘why me?!’ Once we sorted the gearbox problem it was great to complete a race simulation without issues. The car feels good and it was annoying to miss out on 100 laps for the day by a mere two laps! I think the team has made good progress with the car since we arrived here last week. I’m looking forward to getting some lower fuel runs as well as a full programme tomorrow.”
Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer:
“We set out to have a good day with Jolyon after the frustrations he experienced losing time behind the wheel last week. It didn’t go to plan in the morning with a gearbox issue which means he missed out on the lower fuel simulations we had planned. The crew in the garage did a great job to get the car back in action for the afternoon, enabling a full race distance to be completed, resulting in a strong recovery after a frustrating start.”