Renault to run new wings; Palmer gets new chassis at Spanish GP

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The Renault Sport Formula One Team enters this weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona on the heels of its first points of the season achieved in Sochi a couple weeks ago. Kevin Magnussen scored a solid seventh place finish and secured six points for his tally, and was named F1’s driver of the day following a fan vote.

As the team heads into the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend in Barcelona, there’s a number of updates the team is trying on for size, before doing even more at the two-day post-Spanish GP test. The team plans to run its new B-spec power unit at the test, which could pay dividends for both Renault and Red Bull Racing down the road.

Nick Chester, Renault Chassis Technical Director, explained the car updates to come for Barcelona this weekend:

“For the race we have an updated rear wing as well as some updates for the front wing,” he said in the team’s pre-race advance.

“For the test we have a full raft of things to try ; new suspension, further aero updates over various areas of the car, some mods to cooling as well as evaluating the B-spec power unit, so we should have a full two days.”

Meanwhile Jolyon Palmer had a new floor put on during the weekend at Sochi, and he’ll have a new chassis this weekend.

“Jolyon was much happier in his car on Saturday in Sochi and this translated to a stronger performance over the weekend,” Chester said.

“As part of our assessments to get his car to work better for him we changed the floor, which is a very important aerodynamic aspect of the car.

“This looks to have delivered what we wanted so a positive step was made. For Spain Jolyon will run with a new chassis – R.S.16-03 which we used at our filming day this week to shake down.”

The weekend will also see Esteban Ocon have a run in FP1 on Friday, ahead of another test at the two-day post-race test.