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Jolyon Palmer makes Renault debut: Mercedes has more power

Stefan Baldauf
Jolyon Palmer makes Renault debut
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J olyon Palmer had so much at his first Happy kilometers as a regular Formula 1 driver. And then the first day of testing in the Renault RS16 turned into a character test. 'We knew it wasn't going to be easy. After the decision to change the engine last year and the team takeover from Renault, we had to work hard in the winter. Everything came together so late. Problems are normal there. I hope we can sort them out quickly. '

Renault slowed down by software

The culprit at the start of the test was the software. The black factory car was slowed down again and again. More than half a Grand Prix distance in 8 hours was not possible. 'You never know what to expect when you go to the track for the first time. I didn't expect 100 laps beforehand. But already a little more than 37. That wasn't exactly the ideal start. Of my 4 days of testing this is The first one is already over. '

In contrast to teammate Kevin Magnussen, Palmer can at least fall back on the experience from the previous year. The Briton was a regular test driver in Friday training sessions for the then Lotus team in 2015. 'The car doesn't feel that different. The previous year's model was the basis for the new car. It will change a lot before Melbourne.'

Mercedes engine with more power than Renault

One factor remains the same: the engine. Palmer doesn’t talk around the bush for long: 'You could already feel a difference. The Mercedes engine has more power. But the Renault has other advantages - for example in terms of drivability. We now have a whole plant behind us. With that problems should be solved faster. '

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