Renault seeks to continue to consolidate its slight ascent from the lower area of the grill to the middle area in which they seem to have settled for pure pace, especially when the path in question is not a huge demand for the chassis, as was the case in Sakhir, and it is the case in Sochi.
once more, Nico Hülkenberg was the reference of the team in terms of times. The German had to watch from the wall as his Renault barely lasted two laps on the track in Free practice 1 in the hands of Sergey Sirotkin, a hydraulic problem that affected the gearbox, and that cut the opportunity of a Russian pilot shooting before their fans. Reached its turn in the Free 2, the German recorded a 1:36.329 with which to beat his team mate in four décimas.
Hülkenberg, which sought to complete the lack of filming of the car giving 38 laps, he said it had been “some free 2 very simple for me. we Were fast pretty soon, and I don’t think that you have nothing to fear from the weekend. We have completed a number of turns decent, so that there is enough information to digest to go faster tomorrow and in the day of the race”. For its part, Sirotkin was limited to say: “ yes, it is motorsport, it is better to have a problem with the car in free practice than in qualifying or in the race. There’s not much to say about today, other than that I was happy with the car at the test in Bahrain, and was fully prepared to give everything you need today. My next shift is in Spain, and I am already focused on it”.
The car of Jolyon Palmer nor was spared from developing problems. The british ended the first practice session in 15th position, and had completed 22 laps in the second when he suffered a leak in the exhaust. The session concluded with Palmer in the 13th position, thanks to a 1:36.771.
The pilot of Renault was of the view that “the car looked pretty good from the start, and I’ve been able to catch without any problem in particular. The front train was going well, and had good traction, so we made good progress understanding the car, and also with the new parts we’ve added. The Free 2 ended a little soon to me, but I’m positive for the rest of the weekend”.