Kevin Magnussen: “The car was a bit of a handful”


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Kevin Magnussen had a disappointing opening day of practice for the Italian Grand Prix after struggling with the handling of the car.

The Renault Sport driver finished Free Practice 1 in twenty-second behind team-mate Jolyon Palmer.

Magnussen struggled with the Renault RS16, but The team was able to improve the ride leading to more consistent lap times around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

During the second practice, Magnussen improved to finish the session in nineteenth ahead of the Scuderia Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat.

Magnussen feels the balance of the car was much better compared with FP1, with degradation also better than the Enstone based outfit expected.

“The car was a bit of a handful in the morning so we worked on dialling out the understeer and improving the ride to enable faster and more consistent laps,” said Magnussen.

“We got ourselves to a better balance for the afternoon and the degradation was better than we expected. Physically I feel fine in the car, it’s just like being back in the office, so there are no areas of concern in that regard. Tomorrow we want to be further up the order as Sunday should be an interesting race.”