Renault bounces back as Magnussen racks up the laps in Barcelona

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Renault continued to bounce back from a difficult start to the first Formula 1 test of 2016 in Barcelona on Thursday as Kevin Magnussen logged over 150 laps in the R.S.16 car.

Jolyon Palmer endured a tough two days of running earlier in the week as he was limited to just 79 laps in total before handing the car over to Magnussen.

The Dane was more fortunate though, completing more than 260 laps in total over two days despite suffering a few minor setbacks.

Magnussen admitted that it felt good to be back behind the wheel of an F1 car after almost a year without driving one, and feels that he is already gelling with the Renault team.

“I certainly have had a workout over the last couple of days with over 260 laps completed!” Magnussen said.

“It feels so good to be back in an F1 car and working through the programme and making strong progress. Our race simulation went well and I’m really gelling with the team.

“It’s a real pleasure to be driving here and I can’t wait to get back in the car on Tuesday.”

Renault racing director Frederic Vasseur was pleased with what the team had accomplished in its first F1 test since buying out Lotus over the winter.

“This has been a productive first test for us,” Vasseur said.

“The initial R.S.16 planning meetings took place at the end of September last year so it’s clear that everyone at Enstone and Viry-Châtillon has made a tremendous effort to produce it and facilitate the performance we’ve seen today and this week.

“Jolyon and Kevin have demonstrated themselves to be an accomplished and hungry pair of drivers. With the mileage accumulated over the last two days we have a good baseline.

“We have a lot of work yet to do, but it’s a solid start to the season.”

Pre-season testing resumes on Tuesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.