18 MARCH 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team experienced a wet start to the 2016 Formula 1 season with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer both taking to a damp Albert Park circuit for their first laps behind the wheel of the R.S.16 at a Grand Prix.
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes
Both drivers completed limited programmes due to the wet conditions.
Pirelliís extreme wet (blue), intermediate (green) and soft (yellow) compound tyres were used in FP1; intermediate tyres were used in FP2.
What we learned today:
There is a lot more to be learned once track conditions are more favourable.
Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-02
Free practice 1: P10, 1:34.060, 13 laps
Free practice 2: P16, No time set, 2 laps
Kev: ďIt wasnít the best conditions today but itís 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 donít have a lot to go on for tomorrow, but Iíve driven a race car before, including here at Albert Park, so Iím sure qualifying will be fine.Ē
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-01
Free practice 1: P14, 1:35.477, 12 laps
Free practice 2: P17, no time set, 5 laps
Jo: ďThat was my first time driving here and Albert Park is a pretty cool circuit with a great street-track feel; itís 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. Thereís plenty of work to be done tomorrow, and Iím particularly looking forward to qualifying, especially as that might be my first dry laps here.Ē
Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director: ďIt 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 weíll likely have a pretty full FP3.Ē