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Barcelona F1 Pre-season Test [1]: Magnussen feels in sync with Renault

Kevin Magnussen says Renault's new F1 challenger matches his driving style after enjoying his debut outing in the RS16.
Kevin Magnussen says Renault's new F1 challenger matches his driving style after enjoying his debut outing in the RS16 by ending the day fourth quickest despite not seeking outright pace.

The Danish driver took over from team-mate Jolyon Palmer for his maiden test with the new-look Renault F1 squad and had a more productive test than the Brit by notching up 111 laps – over 30 laps more than Palmer's two days combined.

With Renault beginning to iron out technical issues Magnussen completed a full schedule of system checks and baseline set-up work and says he feels in sync with the car despite not driving in F1 for almost a year after his last appearance for McLaren at the Australian Grand Prix.

“It is a little bit different but it is a long time since I drove the McLaren car so you do forget how it feels,” Magnussen said. “There are things that I can see are different. We have a lot work to do and some things are better, the base and balance of the car, the characteristics of the balance at least, which is good for my driving style.

“It is easy to drive and predictable but obviously you always need more downforce and power so hopefully it will stay like that when that goes in the car.”

Magnussen did suffer a couple of engine glitches during the final hour of testing but says they were merely precautions to avoid any engine blowouts similar to what Palmer sustained yesterday afternoon.

“There was some things on the data which looked wrong so we stopped the car for safety and there wasn't a problem so we were able to go back out,” he explained.



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