Renault Sport Formula One Team experienced a very hot first day of the Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix.
Whilst Jolyon Palmer ended the day as the twelfth fastest driver, all eyes were on Kevin Magnussen’s car in the morning when an escape of fuel from a vent ignited and required extinguishing. Kevin’s car was back on track for the afternoon, setting the 19th fastest time.
Kevin’s car had a fuel breather issue in FP1 resulting in the ignition of escaped fuel. He missed most of the session as the car was cleaned and repaired from the extinguisher chemicals. Kevin used Pirelli’s hard tyres in FP1, when he was on track, and the medium in the second session
“We expected it to be hot in Sepang but maybe not as hot as that!” Kev said. “My crew were great dealing with the fire and getting the car back into action for the afternoon. "
"From my perspective, I heard the call on the radio to jump out and I didn’t need to be told twice! In the afternoon we were able to get some laps so the day wasn’t a write-off.”
“There’s a bit too much entry oversteer with the initial set-up but we know where we want to improve.”
In comparison it was a straightforward day for Jolyon completing his programme as scheduled and showing promising pace.
“That was a pretty straightforward over my side of the garage; I think all the action was on Kev’s side today,” Jo said. “We did have a few moments pushing the limits as we learnt the new track surface in the morning but the track’s still very rewarding to drive. We made decent progress for the afternoon session and should be well-placed for further improvement tomorrow.”