The Renault Sport F1 Team like their rivals had a somewhat interrupted opening day of track action at the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne’s Albert Park on Friday.
In Free Practice One, Kevin Magnussen managed to get the RS-16 into the top ten with a fastest time of 1m 34.060s completing 13 laps while in the second session the Dane completed two laps but didn’t set a time and was classified in 16th place. Speaking following the session, Magnussen stated:
It wasn’t the best conditions today but it’s great to be back on track in Australia. My day was pretty much in-laps and out-laps but I did push a little on one. We don’t have a lot to go on for tomorrow, but I’ve driven a race car before, including here at Albert Park, so I’m sure qualifying will be fine.
Jolyon Palmer who makes his Formula One race debut this weekend ended this morning’s session in 14th place with a fastest time of 1m 35.477s completing 12 laps while in the second the session, Palmer competed 5 laps and ended the session in 17th place speaking about his session, the Englishman stated:
That was my first time driving here and Albert Park is a pretty cool circuit with a great street-track feel; it’s a bit bumpy and has a decent challenge to it. The car felt decent in the wet today; it was pretty balanced throughout both sessions and there were no surprises. There’s plenty of work to be done tomorrow, and I’m particularly looking forward to qualifying, especially as that might be my first dry laps here.
Renault Sport F1’s chassis technical director Nick Chester commented by saying:
It was great to see the R.S.16 on track for its first Grand Prix sessions in its new colours. Given the weather conditions we concentrated on shaking down the chassis and procedural matters rather than performance. The weather looks better for tomorrow so we’ll likely have a pretty full FP3.