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Posted on Thursday, May 12, 2016

Magnussen sure Renault 'not fooled' by points

Kevin Magnussen insists Renault is not being fooled by its seventh place finish in Russia and insists the manufacturer still has to make substantial progress. Magnussen scored his and Renault's first points of the year at Sochi but is sure seventh position does not truly reflect the team's standing in the pecking order. Magnussen also highlighted one lap pace as a weakness for Renault, with both RS16s failing to make it out of Q1 across the last three events. "It’s made everyone happy to finally […]

Posted on Monday, May 9, 2016

Renault looking to the future with drivers

Renault team boss Frederic Vasseur says that the team is looking to build its team around youngsters, rather than through signing a top-name driver. Renault returned to Formula 1 as a full works team with Jolyon Palmer promoted from his position as Lotus' reserve driver to line up alongside McLaren outcast Kevin Magnussen. Renault also has GP3 champion Esteban Ocon, last year's top GP2 rookie Sergey Sirotkin and Canadian youngster Nicholas Latifi signed as test drivers. Vasseur insists that Renault has recruited young drivers in […]

Posted on Friday, May 6, 2016

Ocon gets test day alongside FP1 run

Renault youngster Esteban Ocon will receive a day's worth of running in the RS.16 after the outfit confirmed that he will take part in the post-race test days in Spain. Under 2016 regulations, Formula 1 teams are permitted to hold two days of running after two Grands Prix, and these test days will take place in Spain and Britain. Ocon will drive the RS.16 on one day, with regular driver Kevin Magnussen in action on the other day, with the exact run plan yet to […]

Posted on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ocon gets Renault practice outing in Spain

Renault test driver Esteban Ocon has confirmed that he will participate in the first practice session at the Spanish Grand Prix. Ocon claimed last year's GP3 championship and is also signed to Mercedes' young driver programme, with whom he will race in DTM in 2016. Ocon made his free practice debut with Lotus in Abu Dhabi at the end of 2014 and conducted test days with Force India last year. Fellow Renault test driver, Sergey Sirotkin, participated in the opening session in Russia last Friday.

Posted on Saturday, April 30, 2016

Palmer confident Renault has solved problem

Jolyon Palmer expressed confidence that Renault has repaired the problem which he feels has held him back across the previous couple of races. Palmer slumped to 22nd and last during the Chinese Grand Prix, while he lagged behind Sergey Sirotkin and Kevin Magnussen during Friday's practice sessions at the Sochi Autodrom. Palmer qualified in only 18th place for the Russian Grand Prix but was able to get within a tenth of a second of team-mate Magnussen and was relieved by his progress. "Today the car […]

Posted on Friday, April 29, 2016

Sirotkin positive after Renault debut

Sergey Sirotkin labelled his Renault debut as 'positive' as he competed in the first practice session at the Russian Grand Prix. Sirotkin, 20, returned to a Formula 1 car for the first time since he participated in the corresponding session at the 2014 running of his home event. Sirotkin set the 13th fastest time, 0.8s and five positions ahead of team-mate Jolyon Palmer. "My target for today was to give the team exactly what they wanted from the session," sad Sirotkin. "I tried to remain […]

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Sirotkin joins Renault as test driver

Renault has signed Sergey Sirotkin as a test driver with a long term development plan, with the youngster set to make his practice debut at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. Sirotkin, 20, finished third in his rookie GP2 campaign last year and will continue in the championship in 2016 in place of Stoffel Vandoorne at ART Grand Prix. Sirotkin, who spent 2014 as Sauber's test driver, will replace Kevin Magnussen during the first practice session at Sochi this weekend. "This is a great opportunity for […]

Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016

Renault eyes progress after point-less start

Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer needs to "draw a line" under its first three events of the season as it chases points at this weekend's Russian Grand Prix. Renault gave the green light to its return as a full works team last December and the squad has yet to score a point in 2016, along with only Sauber and Manor. Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer slumped to 17th and 22nd respectively in China and Abiteboul is keen for the outfit to make […]

Posted on Friday, April 15, 2016

Renault confirms Magnussen suspension failure

Renault has confirmed that a suspension failure on the RS16 was the cause of Kevin Magnussen's truncated day at the Chinese Grand Prix. Magnussen completed only six laps during the morning session when the component failed along the back straight, though the Dane was able to safely return the pit lane. Renault has modified the component but the issue meant Magnussen missed the entirety of the second session. "I had a suspension failure on the car, and that led to the tyre going," he said. […]

Posted on Sunday, April 10, 2016

Magnussen sure of points in 'normal' race

Kevin Magnussen is sure that he can end his and Renault's points drought in a 'normal' race weekend after his opening two events were hindered by a puncture and a penalty. Magnussen was able to finish only 12th in Australia due to a first lap puncture, while in Bahrain he was forced to start from the pit lane after failing to stop at the weighbridge during practice. Magnsusen recovered to 11th position in the race at Sakhir and is confident of breaking into the top […]

Posted on Sunday, April 3, 2016

Magnussen reckons points possible without penalty

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen reckons he could have scored his first points of the year for Renault had he not been forced to start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pit lane. Magnussen failed to stop at the weighbridge during Friday's second practice session, having believed that the signal was solely for Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat, rather than for both drivers. Magnussen was penalised with a pit lane start but despite his disadvantage, he recovered to finish in 11th position, as Renault once more narrowly […]

Posted on Saturday, April 2, 2016

Magnussen misunderstood weighbridge rules

Renault driver Kevin Magnussen says he misunderstood the regulations surrounding stopping at the weighbridge, believing the FIA was calling Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat. Magnussen was requested to stop at the end of the second session but thought the command was solely for Kvyat, rather than both drivers. As a result, Magnussen will have to start the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pit lane. "I saw the red light to indicate the need to stop, which actually was for Daniil but in fact the same light […]