Fiasco on the first day of the Monaco grand prix for Renault. The French team has had a Thursday quite tricky on the slippery streets of the principality, and its presence in the two free practice sessions has resulted in two separate accidents of their drivers. While in the FP1 was Jolyon Palmer who was beating against the barriers in the second sector during the FP2 was Kevin Magnussen who took the baton slamming against the wall, Anthony Noghes. Despite these two mishaps and lost time, both pilots are trying to take a positive reading to the first two free practice sessions.
Jolyon Palmer starred in one of the big hits of the FP1, while the british acknowledge that you have advanced in your work prior to this mishap that has cost him part of the first free and part of the second: “We have discovered a lot about the direction that we want to continue with the car and I think that we can move forward quite a bit. The day didn’t start well at all, with the track very slippery. I made a mistake in Tabac, I had a bit of oversteer and I pushed him against the wall“.
With 45 laps completed over the two sessions, Jolyon Palmer insists on bring out the positive side of its rough Thursday, especially in terms of collecting information and data for the technical team: “When we had the mishap we were testing things as we evaluate the past week and although we were not being at all fast, we take a large amount of data, something that is very positive. Let’s see what happens from now on”.
For his part, Kevin Magnussen had an FP1 clean in which he completed 34 laps with a best time of 1.18.274, but in the final straight of the second free hit the barriers at Anthony Noghes in an accident a little strange: “it was Not the best day for us. We thought that we had taken a step forward after the tests in Barcelona, but in this track we don’t have the car we expected. The last specification of engine is certainly an improvement decent, but we still have work to do on the tuning and the search for greater downforce”.
Regarding the mentioned accident, Kevin Magnussen kept his point of view: “it Was rather unfortunate to put the point and end of the second session ahead of time. I Had some understeer and I ended up in the wall. I was sold and did not have any type of grip. The data demonstrated that I was not going faster than the previous lap, so it is an accident a little frustrating. Fortunately, the only damage was on the spoiler front, which makes it easier for the team to repair the car”.