Renault Sport Formula One Team opened the United States Grand Prix weekend with Kevin Magnussen leading the team’s charge by setting the twelfth-fastest time of the day at the Circuit Of The Americas. Jolyon Palmer completed his first-ever laps of the track, ending the day as the seventeenth fastest driver.
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes
A reasonably straightforward day on both sides of the garage.
Kevin’s morning run was slightly shortened due to a minor electrical issue.
Both drivers used Pirelli’s medium (white) compound tyres in the morning session.
In the afternoon session Kevin used the soft and super soft tyres; Jolyon the medium and super soft.
Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-04
Free practice 1: P19, 1;41.942, 22 laps
Free practice 2: P12, 1:39.159, 23 laps
Kev: “It’s great to drive around the Circuit Of The Americas even if we did have a couple of small issues today. I think we’ve got scope to be further up the order, which means we should be fighting for points come race day. That’s what we all want.”
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-05
Free practice 1: P21, 1:42.332, 31 laps
Free practice 2: P17, 1:39.455, 34 laps
Jo: “My first impressions of COTA are what an awesome track! I did have a couple of moments learning the limits here and we’ve got a bit of work on the set-up, but nothing other than the usual work you do between Friday and Saturday.”
Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: “A reasonable if a little scrappy day for us. Jolyon’s been learning the circuit whilst Kevin’s morning was partially affected by an electrical issue, then in the afternoon his soft tyres were flat-spotted so the long-run programme had to be modified. Nevertheless, we have sufficient data to head to qualifying and hopefully take a step forward.”