2016 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, Saturday
2 April 2016
Renault Sport Formula One Team has qualified in nineteenth and twentieth for the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix after both drivers did not progress through Q1 at the Sakhir International Circuit. Kevin Magnussen completed only a solitary qualifying lap, as he will start from the pit lane due to a penalty for missing the weighbridge in yesterday’s second practice session, whilst Jolyon Palmer struggled with car balance.
Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-02, Q: P19 1:33.181. FP3: P12 1:33.617
“I only had one qualifying lap this session as we are keeping our new tyres for the race, and the field is quite close where we are at the moment. Without the penalty we would have approached qualifying in a normal fashion and I think we would have had been able to qualify as high as we did in Melbourne. Looking at our pace, we could achieve a result in the midfield tomorrow but it’s a long race and a lot can happen. We will go into the race and we’ll do the best we can. I want to enjoy it and hope for some good surprises!
“As we know, I will start from the pit lane as a penalty for not stopping at the FIA weighbridge in FP2. I saw the red light to indicate the need to stop, which actually was for Daniil Kvyat but in fact the same light was also for me, and that’s what I misunderstood. I didn’t know that you could have two cars called in at the same time. When I saw Daniil