Renault Sport Formula One Team completed its first day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with Jolyon Palmer debuting Renault’s first Formula 1 car in over six years. Jolyon completed 37 laps with a fastest lap time of 1min 29.356secs.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 01
Weather: Cold and sunny. Ambient 12°C - 21°C Track 11°C - 25°C
Programme: Initial shakedown, installation assessments
Laps Completed: 37
Classification: 11, 1:29.356
Interruptions: Installation evaluation, software calibrations
Jolyon Palmer will be in action once more tomorrow.
“It was great to take to the track for the first time in the car I will race this season. We didn’t have too exciting a programme to run through today and it was somewhat disjointed, but it was the first day of testing and we’ve completed valuable aspects of the pre-season build-up today. I’m looking forward to getting more running in the car tomorrow.”
Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director:
“Today saw the first steps of the R.S.16, a car that has been delivered by everyone at Enstone and Viry to a very short and exacting timeframe. We were circumspect with our programme today but it was a testament to all the hard work from everyone involved that we could take to the track at 9am. We did experience a number of growing pains today, mainly on the software side, and we’re looking forward to getting some more laps on the board tomorrow.”