Component failure cuts short second day of testing for Renault’s Palmer

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Formula 1 rookie driver Jolyon Palmer’s start with Renault isn’t quite starting the way he hoped.

In the first two days of a four-day preseason test in Barcelona, Spain, Palmer and his Renault Sport F1 team have encountered a couple typical preseason niggles.

Monday, the team experienced a software issue that slowed it down both on and off the track. On Tuesday, yet another issue arose, this time a component failure that cut short the test session.

Palmer was 10th fastest of 11 drivers that took part in Tuesday’s testing. While most of the field clocked over 100 laps, Palmer made just 42 laps around the 4.7 kilometer track, with a best lap of 1 minute, 26.189 seconds.

“After steps overnight from both factories to work around yesterday’s software issues, we ran a positive program this morning where we were able to collect data on the chassis and power unit side,” Renault Engine Technical Director Remi Taffin said in the team’s Tuesday release. “In the afternoon we experienced an early power unit component failure which ended our running.

“We were able to diagnose the issue easily as it was an area we knew there could be a weakness and we will have a solution in hand.”

Even with the component failure, Palmer remained optimistic about the remainder of the test. Kevin Magnussen makes his debut for the team Wednesday in the third day of the four day test.

“The positives from today are immediately apparent,” Palmer said. “We were able to run a good program in the morning, covering a lot of what we wanted to do.

“The car feels good and forgiving and provides a great baseline for us to work forward. Unfortunately, we did stop running early in the afternoon, but my overall analysis of today is most certainly positive.”

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