Renault Sport Formula One Team enjoyed a mixed start on day one of the Emirates Japanese Grand Prix.
While Kevin Magnussen had a straight-forward day and set the fifteenth fastest time, team-mate Jolyon Palmer lost out on morning track time due to a wiring loom-related issue.
The Brit made up for lost time in the afternoon practice session by completing 40 laps around the legendary Suzuka Circuit.
“It was a shame to lose time in Free Practice 1 this morning as I’d never properly driven here before,” Jo said. “In contrast, everything was good in the afternoon and there’s more pace in the car than my lap time showed."
"It’s quite a technical circuit so I need to get the sequences just right, which is something to work on tomorrow. Otherwise, it feels as though we have a similar pace to that we had in Malaysia at this point. It bodes well for the rest of the weekend.”
The day’s programme included evaluating the softer selection of Pirelli tyres. Previous years had featured hard and medium tyre compounds but this year sees the soft compound introduced.
Kevin ran both medium and hard tyres in the morning while in the afternoon, he evaluated the hard and soft compound.
“We completed a lot of running today and it went pretty well,” Kev said. “I ended the day fifteenth fastest, which is always nice to see but it’s only Friday and a bit too early to draw any conclusions. The car feels good; we have a bit of work to do now to get ready for tomorrow’s qualifying but things so far are encouraging.”