The Renault Sport F1 Team had both Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hulkenberg in action on day 3 of the opening winter test of the 2017 Formula One season at the Barcelona Circuit Du Catalunya in Spain on Wednesday.
Jolyon Palmer completed 51 laps finishing the day in fourth place with a fastest time of 01:21.396s and speaking following his session the Englishman commented by saying:
It wasn’t a perfect start on cold tyres first thing, but other than that we’ve made some really good progress throughout the week in terms of set-up. I feel happy with where we are as it feels like we’re making steps forward every time we go out. The car seems straight-forward to understand for the engineers and drivers, so that makes progress and development much easier than otherwise. I completed 51 laps this morning which is satisfying and we’re constantly learning. I think that’s showing in the performance.
Nico Hulkenberg completed 42 laps and ended the day with the fifth fastest time of 01:21.791s and speaking following his time in the car, the German commented by saying:
It’s a positive that we could complete more laps today. My time in the afternoon was slightly limited with some minor issues, but they were a valuable 42 laps and with some quality work done. We are constantly improving our understanding of the car and I learnt a few bits and bobs myself. Tomorrow we’ll run on a wet track, which will be interesting. I’m open-minded with what to expect. It’s going to be interesting in the morning with a wet track and pretty cool conditions; it could be fun, I’m interested to see what it’s like.
Hulkenberg and Palmer will both be back in action in the RS.17 on Thursday and speaking following the third day of action, Renault Sporting Director Alan Permane commented by saying:
We had productive day with both drivers in the car and we’ve seen good feedback regarding every element assessed. The team has made strong progress with the set-up and managed a decent amount of long runs to assist with our data collection and understanding. We used Pirelli’s soft tyre properly for the first time and it offers a decent chunk of pace over the medium compound. We’re very happy with what we’ve seen today in terms of downforce and tyre usage so we have a good baseline to work from for next week’s test.