Renault Sport Formula One Team enjoyed a trouble-free first day of practice for the Grand Prix du Canada. Jolyon Palmer completed 66 laps whilst running through standard FP1 and FP2 programmes at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montréal.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P18, 1:17.004, 26 laps
Free practice 2: P16, 1:15.127, 40 laps
Jo: “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.
”Nick Chester, Technical Director: “We completed full programs with both cars covering set-up and aerodynamic comparisons. As expected, the track was dirty at the start of the day, which meant a struggle for grip and balance. We made progress on set-up for the afternoon and these, in conjunction with the track improvement, leave us reasonably happy with our day’s work. There’s a bit more to come in terms of pace from both car and drivers, so the top ten is certainly our target for tomorrow.”
Alan Permane, Sporting Director
- Technical programme notes
- In FP1, Jolyon used Pirelli’s Soft (yellow) and Supersoft (red) tyres.
- In FP2 Jolyon ran with the Supersoft and the Ultrasoft (purple) tyres.
What we learned today:
- A strong array of vital set-up and tyre data.
There’s more to come and I’m really looking forward to qualifying Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver