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F1 Chinese GP: Renault still searching for points after China flop

Renault remains without points three races into its return as an F1 factory team with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer down the order in China.
Renault remains without points three races into its return as an F1 factory team, Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer finishing well down the order after a tough weekend in China.

Though Magnussen went into the race having been compromised by limited dry weather running, the Dane failed to progress from his 17th place starting position in a race with no retirements.

Lamenting a difficult weekend from start to finish in the RS16, Magnussen is hoping the lessons learned will help forge a stronger path in the future.

“It was a pretty steady race for me really. I had a decent start and then I didn't actually have much action; just passing people on strategy so no one was really fighting hard.

“This isn't a weekend that we will be very happy about but it's definitely one that we can learn from. There's a lot we still don't really understand so once we do, we'll be a stronger team. We knew it was going to be a tough start, we're not panicking.”

Palmer, meanwhile, fared worse, struggling with the tyres as he laboured to 22nd position and last on the road.

“The start was good, as was the first lap – we made up a lot of positions. From then on though, it was a tough day. The balance of the car was all over the place, tyre degradation was bigger than usual and the pace wasn't as good as previous races. We need to look in the data really, and I'm definitely happy to move on to the next race.”


Tagged as: Renault , Palmer , Kevin Magnussen

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17.04.2016 - Race, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 and Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 2, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
30.09.2016 - Free Practice 1, Frederic Vasseur (FRA) Renault Sport Formula One Team Racing Director
The fiery Renault RS16 of Kevin Magnussen - credit: F1 TV
29.09.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16
29.09.2016 - Kevin Magnussen (DEN) Renault Sport F1 Team RS16

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Equin0x

April 19, 2016 3:56 PM

It certainly was a shocker from Renault, finishing last on pace can't be swept under the carpet like nothing considering Redbull with the same engine was good enough for a top 2, Enstone was once a great team I do wonder if Renault bought the wrong team and maybe should have gone with Torro Rosso instead, being beaten by Haas, Sauber and even Manor is hugely embarrassing and very worrying, 10 years ago they had the quickest car and we're world champions I don't know how long it'll take to get back to that level, maybe never.



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