Kevin Magnussen was in action for the Renault F1 Team on day 3 of the opening winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain on Wednesday.
The Dane was driving the RS16-01 for the first time having taken over from team mate Jolyon Palmer. Magnussen completed 111 laps in total over the course of the test and ended the day with the fourth fastest time overall, a 1m 26.014s.
The day didn’t go trouble free for the Enstone outfit as their programme was briefly interrupted by a water leak.
Wednesday’s test programme saw the team carry out set up work, aero assessments and tyre evaluations. Speaking following his first day in the car, Magnussen commented by saying:
It’s fantastic to get back in a Formula 1 car after eleven months away. Everything felt good straight away and it was great to be working with the team for the first time behind the wheel. We completed a lot of laps which is a real positive and I can’t wait to jump in the car tomorrow and continue today’s work.
So what’s next for Renault? Kevin Magnussen will be back in the car on Thursday for the final day of the opening winter test of 2016.
Speaking about the on track action, Renault’s Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane commented by saying:
A much better day for us in terms of reliability so we were able to run through a bigger programme including set-up and aero work as well as longer high fuel runs. This leaves us with a lot of data to work on with overnight. It was our first day with Kevin and he was very quickly into the groove so looks to be a very strong asset for the season ahead. We did have a water leak during the day, which was easily identified and diagnosed. We’re optimistic for another positive day tomorrow.