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Posted on Friday, June 3, 2016

Palmer gets third chassis for Canada

Jolyon Palmer will receive his third chassis of the season at next weekend's Canadian Grand Prix, following his high-speed accident in Monaco. Palmer, who has yet to score a point in 2016, was given a new chassis in Spain in the wake of struggles early in the season. However, that chassis suffered damage in Monaco, when he hit the barriers along the pit straight in wet conditions, before suffering a secondary impact at Sainte Devote. "Kevin [Magnussen]’s incidents mainly damaged bolt-on parts whereas Jolyon’s incident […]

Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Magnussen: Kvyat 'just lost his mind'

Renault's Kevin Magnussen has heaped criticism on Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat after the pair collided during the Monaco Grand Prix. Kvyat was running a lap down when he collided with Magnussen at Rascasse, sending the Renault driver into a spin. Magnussen suffered a secondary off when he later hit the wall at Mirabeau Haute and ultimately retired from the race. "We were in a good position as a lot of people were still to pit and we gained a lot of places," he said. "Unfortunately, […]

Posted on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Red Bull extends Renault deal, Toro Rosso to return

Red Bull will continue to be supplied with Renault engines until at least the end of 2018, with Toro Rosso also linking up with the manufacturer once more. Red Bull and Renault endured a fractious relationship in 2015 but a lack of alternatives meant the duo remained connected into 2016. Gains made by a restructured Renault operation so far in 2016 have convinced Red Bull to extend the current partnership by a further two years, continuing a relationship which began in 2007. Toro Rosso, which […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Palmer hopes for rain to salvage weekend

Jolyon Palmer says the potential arrival of wet weather could salvage a dismal weekend for Renault in Monaco, as he was knocked out in Q1 for the fifth successive weekend. Palmer, who spun at high-speed during the final practice session, was able to set only the 18th quickest time during qualifying. The Briton, yet to score points in Formula 1, hopes the anticipated stormy weather arrives during Sunday's Grand Prix. "It was a tough session but ultimately the position is around where we’re accustomed to […]

Posted on Saturday, May 28, 2016

Renault used three tokens for Monaco

Renault's power unit upgrade, which it has brought to this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix, cost the manufacturer only three power unit tokens, the FIA confirmed on Saturday. Renault trialled its development package during in-season testing in Spain and gave the green light for its introduction to be brought forwards, with Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen running the upgrades. The FIA confirmed on Saturday that Renault has now used 11 of its allocated 32 tokens, meaning it has used three for this specific upgrade, and has […]

Posted on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Renault drivers hindered by Monaco incidents

Both Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer suffered a disrupted day of running during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix after encountering separate incidents. Palmer brushed the barriers exiting Tabac during the morning session and was unable to complete his scheduled running, with repair work also impacting on his afternoon run plan. Magnussen, meanwhile, ran wide at Anthony Noghes and hit the wall, ending his afternoon prematurely. Magnussen placed 17th overall, three positions ahead of team-mate Palmer, who was edged out by both Sauber drivers. "It […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Ricciardo, Magnussen to receive Renault gains

Daniel Ricciardo and Kevin Magnussen will receive Renault's upgraded power unit at this weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. Ricciardo and Magnussen both trialled the power unit during last week's in-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and were encouraged by the progress made by Renault. Renault originally intended to bring the upgrade to Canada but that has now been brought forwards, with two power units available across the four Renault-powered cars in Monaco. Max Verstappen and Jolyon Palmer will have to wait until the Canadian Grand […]

Posted on Friday, May 20, 2016

Renault eyes engine upgrade at Monaco

Renault has confirmed that it intends to bring its upgraded power unit to next weekend's Monaco Grand Prix. The manufacturer debuted its B-spec power unit during in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, with drivers from both Renault and Red Bull noting a step forwards. Renault originally planned to bring the upgrades to Canada but has now decided to introduce the update at the upcoming round in Monaco. "The current power unit used since Australia has had several smaller upgrades and all the drivers were […]

Posted on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Magnussen encouraged by Renault engine gains

Kevin Magnussen has hailed the step forwards Renault has made with its B-spec power unit after he trialled the upgrades for the first time during in-season testing in Spain. Test driver Esteban Ocon sampled the update, along with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, on Tuesday at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Magnussen returned to the cockpit of the RS16 on Wednesday morning in Spain and was immediately impressed by the new power unit. "To be honest the engine feels nice to drive, driveability is better than with […]

Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ocon labels Renault B-spec power unit 'really good'

Renault test driver Esteban Ocon heaped praise on the manufacturer's upgraded power unit after it made its debut during in-season testing at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Ocon only amassed six laps in the older version of the power unit during Friday's practice session in Spain but wwas able to note the progress after completing 105 laps on Tuesday. Renault intends to bring the B-specification to make its race debut at the Canadian Grand Prix. "You’ll be surprised, it’s really good, really good," he said. "I […]

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016

Magnussen drops position after Palmer contact penalty

Kevin Magnussen was handed a 10 second time penalty and two points on his license following last lap contact with Renault team-mate Jolyon Palmer in Spain. Stewards deemed that Magnussen was culpable for edging Palmer wide at Turn 13 and went on to classify in 14th place. The sanction dropped Magnussen to 15th spot, behind Sauber's Felipe Nasr. "We had decent pace on the Soft tyre but on the Hard and the Medium – especially the Medium – we were weak," he said. "It wasn’t […]

Posted on Friday, May 13, 2016

Pirelli working to understand Palmer tyre failure

Pirelli and Renault are continuing analysis on the cause of Jolyon Palmer's tyre failure during practice for the Spanish Grand Prix. Palmer suffered a high speed failure along the pit straight though was able to come to a safe halt in the run-off at Turn 2. It was the second failure in as many sessions for Renault, after test and reserve driver Esteban Ocon was affected by a puncture in the opening encounter. "Esteban did a good job for his brief time in the car […]