Kevin Magnussen completed an array of evaluation tests and simulations for the Renault Sport F1 team on day 2 of the Barcelona test, as well as trialling the new specification engine that the French manufacturer are hopeful will be ready for action at the upcoming Monaco Grand Prix.
The Dane, who completed 122 laps in the RS16 on Wednesday, spoke positively of the new power unit and the updates he tested throughout the day.
“That was a full day for me and a productive one. I think the only issue I experienced all day was wanting to take my helmet off for a little break. The car feels good and it was great to conduct such a wide variety of assessments as it shows we’re clearly making progress.
“It wasn’t just me busy in the car, all the crew were flat out changing bits or adding or removing rakes so a big thanks to everyone for their hard work after the race here. It’s definitely been a positive test.
“The power unit feels stronger and has better driveability and there are some other good improvements too.”
It was a strong and very useful test for the Renault Sport F1 team, who ran across the two days without experiencing any issues or hiccups, allowing them to gather plenty of data on the upgrades they plan on bringing in for Monaco Grand Prix, in just over a week’s time. With both drivers happy with the feel of the car during the in-season test session at the Circuit de Catalunya, things could be about to look up for the Enstone-based team.