Jolyon Palmer: “That was a pretty straightforward evening in the car”


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With no surprises on the opening day of practice for the Singapore Grand Prix, Renault Sport Formula 1 Team were able to achieve everything they set out to do.

Jolyon Palmer had a good opening day for Renault, and he finished the opening practice session in seventeenth with a time of 1:49.794. For the second session he managed to improve on his time by 2.628 seconds, with the Briton finishing only 0.005 seconds behind team-mate Kevin Magnussen in seventeenth.

Palmer believes the opening day of practice was positive for Renault, he could feel the grip level improving over the sessions.

“That was a pretty straightforward evening in the car,” said Palmer. “We’ve achieved everything we wanted today so that’s a positive.

“You could definitely feel the grip level improving over the sessions and we have a pretty solid base set-up. It’s certainly a pretty special lap around here.”

Magnussen finished in eighteenth for Free Practice 1 with a time of 1:50.263, and he managed to improve on this in Free Practice 2 by 3.102 seconds, ending the day in sixteenth for the Enstone-based outfit, and with this good performance, Magnussen believes Renault should be able to make good progress over the weekend.

“There were no issues today so we were able to do everything required,” said Magnussen.

“We look a little further up the order than last time out and certainly we want to get a bit more quicker tomorrow. It’s certainly hot in the car but there were no surprises so we should be able to make good progress over the weekend.”