Hülkenberg: "A standard Friday"

By on Friday, June 9, 2017

Renault Sport Formula One Team ended the first day of practice for the Grand Prix du Canada just shy of the top ten with Nico Hülkenberg posting the twelfth fastest time of the day, a 1min 14.604secs. Both Hülkenberg and Palmer had trouble-free day running through standard FP1 and FP2 programmes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal.

“That was a standard Friday for us and we did everything we needed to do", says Hülkenberg.

"As ever, I think we can make some more improvements to the car ahead of qualifying tomorrow and I’m confident there’s a bit more pace to come from me too. It was great to get out on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in this car, as it’s one of my very favourite circuits.”

Renault completed full programs with both cars covering set-up and aerodynamic comparisons. The track was dirty at the start of the day, which meant a struggle for grip and balance, but improved during the afternoon session. 

“We had to chase balance a bit at the start of the day, but that’s normal on a green, temporary circuit. We made good progress through the sessions and we learnt a decent amount about both set-up and the tyres. There’s certainly a better feeling from the Ultrasoft tyres, which you’d expect. There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to qualifying”, Palmer explained. 

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