The Renault Sport F1 Team drivers completed a combined total of 73 laps on the opening day of the second winter test at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Montmelo in Spain on Tuesday.
Nico Hulkenberg completed the majority of the mileage for the Enstone based outfit setting the seventh fastest time of the day with a 01:21.589s and speaking following the opening day of the second test, Hulkenberg commented by saying:
I had a decent run and we were able to complete a pretty much full afternoon programme today. Certainly, you could feel that it was quite windy at times out there and that does affect the feel of the car. We gained some further understanding of set-up and tyres and have plenty to consider before we head out again tomorrow.
Jolyon Palmer had a disrupted day after the team made a precautionary power unit change and as a result the Englishman completed just 15 laps and set the 13th fastest time with a 01:24.790s and speaking following the opening day he commented by saying:
Today I had a short morning before we had to stop for a precautionary power unit change. It wasn’t ideal but it’s certainly a long way from being the end of the world. We’re still in a good position and I feel confident for the season ahead. For sure, it would be nice to get some more laps and you never want to lose track time. We have another three days left of this test and I’m looking forward to getting some more laps on the board.
Renault Sport F1 Team Chief Technical Officer Bob Bell commented by saying:
Overall, a useful day where we completed most of the tests we wanted to, despite running for fewer laps than originally planned. We did start with a disappointing morning for Jolyon, whose day was disrupted by a precautionary power unit change. This gave way to a more positive afternoon for Nico, especially with respectable pace shown on the soft compound tyres. Today was another solid step and we’re looking forward to making more progress tomorrow.
Testing continues on Wednesday when both Nico Hulkenberg and Jolyon Palmer will be back in action for the Enstone outfit.