Renault Sport F1 Team’s Kevin Magnussen will have it to do in Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit after the FIA informed the Enstone outfit that the Dane will start the race from the pit-lane for failing to stop at the weighbridge during Free Practice 2 on Friday.
A statement from the FIA read:
Magnussen failed to stop “when signalled to do so by the red traffic light, the car was not returned to the FIA garage and work was undertaken,
Speaking following his running on Friday before the penalty was applied Magnussen stated:
We got through all of today’s programme and logged plenty of running so it’s been a good day and I’m happy. We’ll work hard this evening to analyse all our data as usual and see if we can find more pace as we’re not yet as strong as we were in Melbourne relative to our rivals. It’ll be interesting to see what the weather does as well; today’s temperatures did have an effect on the tyres. We’ve seen rain this week so let’s see what happens tomorrow.
The news means that it is unlikely that Magnussen will run in qualifying later today in order to save mileage on his Renault power unit.
Jolyon Palmer commented on his day saying:
It was good to get a full day of running on a Friday after the rain we had in Melbourne. There was a big difference in temperatures between both practice sessions, and with the circuit becoming less sandy and more rubber getting down, the track evolution was significant. We got a decent number of laps in today and there’s plenty to get on with overnight; there’s still more to come.
Renault Sport F1 Team’s Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane commented by saying:
Both cars ran very reliably today, and we were able to make up for the weather-affected practice sessions in Australia in terms of assessing our new front wing. We’ve seen unusual cool temperatures so far this weekend with significant temperature differences between Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 and it was interesting for the team to evaluate tyre performances today. Both drivers did a solid job on track and back in the garage providing valuable feedback. We will now focus on analysing today’s data overnight to extract the maximum performance from the R.S.16 which we would like to improve in time for tomorrow’s qualifying sessions.