Renault Sport Formula One Team completed its Silverstone test with race driver Jolyon Palmer at the wheel for 98 laps. The British driver accomplished his fastest lap of the day in 1:33.308 and concluded the team’s testing programme successfully. A minor conflagration on the final lap marked the end of the day.
Track: Silverstone, England, 5.9km
Chassis: R.S.16 - 02
Weather: Mostly clear sunny day, some small showers. Ambient 14°C-17°C. Track 17°C-29°C.
Programme: Further comparisons, assessments and simulations.
Laps Completed: 98
Classification: P8, 1:33.308
Interruptions: Rake removals, lunch, gearbox gremlins, suspension changes, fire.
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“We have been working on making the car quicker, that’s the main focus! We had some big suspension updates that we were trying today, with a change planned during the lunch hour as it was quite a long alteration. We also worked on the aerodynamics; it’s quite a busy test programme with a lot of different parts to try. The weather was challenging, we needed it to stay dry all day to be able to complete a real back-to-back comparison for the suspension. Thankfully it held most of the day and I felt quite good in the car throughout, which is always encouraging.”
Nick Chester, Technical Director:
“Today went pretty well; we had a fairly packed programme after losing some time yesterday thanks to the weather but we got everything done. We had a varied range of things to test, suspension, aero, brakes and more, some of which we may see on the car in a few races’ time. Overall we are satisfied with how the day went. The final lap saw a small fire emerge from the car, the cause of which we are currently looking into.”