|The Renault Formula One team had both drivers, Jolyon Palmer and Nico Hülkenberg, behind the wheel of the new 2017 R.S.17 for the third day of testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalonia on Wednesday.
Jolyon had the honour of driving in the morning session, completing 51 laps with a best time of 1min 21.396secs, the third-fastest time of the morning session.
“It wasn’t a perfect start on cold tyres first thing, but other than that we’ve made some really good progress throughout the week in terms of set-up,” he said. “I feel happy with where we are as it feels like we’re making steps forward every time we go out. The car seems straight-forward to understand for the engineers and drivers, so that makes progress and development much easier than otherwise. I completed 51 laps this morning which is satisfying and we’re constantly learning. I think that’s showing in the performance.”
Meanwhile, teammate Nico Hulkenberg took over the driving duties in the afternoon, completing 42 laps with a best lap time of 1min 21.791secs, the fifth fastest of the day.
“It’s a positive that we could complete more laps today,” he said. “My time in the afternoon was slightly limited with some minor issues, but they were a valuable 42 laps and with some quality work done. We are constantly improving our understanding of the car and I learnt a few bits and bobs myself. Tomorrow we’ll run on a wet track, which will be interesting. I’m open-minded with what to expect. It’s going to be interesting in the morning with a wet track and pretty cool conditions; it could be fun, I’m interested to see what it’s like.”
The fourth and final day of the first test will see a wet track with Nico in action in the morning, Jolyon in action in the afternoon.
Track: Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, 4.7km
Chassis: R.S.17 - 01
Weather: Cool to warm sunny. Ambient 5°C - 16°C Track 9°C - 33°C
Programme: Front suspension evaluations, rear aero evaluations.
Laps Completed: 93: Jo 51, Nico 42.
Classification: Jo: P4, 1:21.396, Nico P5 1:21.791.
Interruptions: Removal of gravel from car, removal of aero-rake, bodywork fettling.