The Renault Sport F1 Team head into Sunday’s European Grand Prix at the Baku circuit in Azerbaijan following an extremely tough qualifying session which saw Jolyon Palmer start tomorrow’s race from 22nd place while Kevin Magnussen could only manage one position better in 21st place.

In a Q&A following the session, Renault Sport F1 Team’s Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane was asked:

How was qualifying for the team?

Not great. We came here not knowing what to expect from this fabulous new track and unfortunately we’ve learnt that its characteristics are very far from what we need to extract the best performance from our car.

What was the approach to qualifying?

In FP3 we identified a couple of different set-ups which both offered positives over a lap so we tried different ones on each car. Unfortunately, although the set-ups differed the result in lap time was essentially the same.

Is there hope for salvation in tomorrow’s race?

You never throw in the towel in motorsport and we’ll be seeking every possible opportunity. We saw in today’s GP2 Series race that there is potential for a race of attrition so we need to ensure we’re in it at the end. If we have clean races with both of our cars pushing for every lap there’s still potential for a pleasant result.

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