The Renault Sport F1 Team’s Jolyon Palmer completed 98 laps on his way to ending day three of the second and final winter test before the Australian Grand Prix in 10th place with a fastest time of 1m 26.224s.
Speaking following his day in the car the Englishman commented by saying:
I watched Kevin notch-up so many laps over the past few days that when my day didn’t start to plan I was thinking ‘why me?!’ Once we sorted the gearbox problem it was great to complete a race simulation without issues. The car feels good and it was annoying to miss out on 100 laps for the day by a mere two laps! I think the team has made good progress with the car since we arrived here last week. I’m looking forward to getting some lower fuel runs as well as a full programme tomorrow.
Palmer will be back in the car on Friday to complete the test programme for the Enstone outfit before the cars are shipped to the Melbourne for the opening race of the season.
Renault Sport F1 Team Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell commented on the third day of running by saying:
We set out to have a good day with Jolyon after the frustrations he experienced losing time behind the wheel last week. It didn’t go to plan in the morning with a gearbox issue which means he missed out on the lower fuel simulations we had planned. The crew in the garage did a great job to get the car back in action for the afternoon, enabling a full race distance to be completed, resulting in a strong recovery after a frustrating start.