Renault Sport F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer completed 53 laps on his first day in the new RS.17 at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo, Spain.
Palmer set the eighth fastest time of the day with a 01:24.139s and had no major disruptions to his running of the car during the day. The team did however have a delayed start to day 2 at the circuit as they waited on the arrival of new parts from their Enstone factory.
Speaking following the second day of testing, Palmer commented by saying:
I’ve really enjoyed driving the car today. The downforce is a massive change; it’s completely different from last year. It takes a little bit of getting used to but it’s actually a lot more enjoyable to drive. For today, we had a productive afternoon with 53 laps. It’s just a shame not to have ran this morning but we learnt a lot regardless and we aim to have a fuller day tomorrow.
Renault Sport F1 Team Engine Technical Director, Remi Taffin commented by saying:
We had a late start today but we were still able to complete set-up work on the chassis, gather data on the power unit side and give Jolyon a chance to evaluate the R.S.17. We completed just over 50 laps this afternoon and we were happy with how the car ran. Everything we’ve seen from the power unit perspective has been positive, and we’re looking forward to getting some bigger mileages under our belts in the coming days. We have a good amount of data from today and plenty of work to do overnight.
Wednesday’s run plan will see Palmer remain in the car during the morning before Nico Hulkenberg takes to the cock-pit in the afternoon.