2016 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix, Friday
21 October 2016

Renault Sport Formula One Team opened the United States Grand Prix weekend with Kevin Magnussen leading the team’s charge by setting the twelfth-fastest time of the day at the Circuit Of The Americas. Jolyon Palmer completed his first-ever laps of the track, ending the day as the seventeenth fastest driver.

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director – Technical programme notes
– A reasonably straightforward day on both sides of the garage.
– Kevin’s morning run was slightly shortened due to a minor electrical issue.
– Both drivers used Pirelli’s medium (white) compound tyres in the morning session.
– In the afternoon session Kevin used the soft and super soft tyres; Jolyon the medium and super soft.

Kevin Magnussen, #20, R.S.16-04
Free practice 1: P19, 1;41.942, 22 laps
Free practice 2: P12, 1:39.159, 23 laps

Kev: “It’s great to drive around the Circuit Of The Americas even if we did have a couple of small issues today. I think we’ve got scope to be further up the order, which means we should be fighting for points come race day. That’s what we all want.”

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.16-05
Free practice 1: P21, 1:42.332, 31 laps
Free practice 2: P17, 1:39.455, 34 laps

Jo: “My first impressions of COTA are what an awesome track! I did have a couple of moments learning the limits here and we’ve got a bit of work on the set-up, but nothing other than the usual work you do between Friday and Saturday.”

Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer: “A reasonable if a little scrappy day for us. Jolyon’s been learning the circuit whilst Kevin’s morning was partially affected by an electrical issue, then in the afternoon his soft tyres were flat-spotted so the long-run programme had to be modified. Nevertheless, we have sufficient data to head to qualifying and hopefully take a step forward.”