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Solid progress for Jolyon Palmer thwarted in Barcelona

Tuesday, February 23 2016

Jolyon Palmer carried out driving duties for the second successive day during F1 pre-season testing in Barcelona on Tuesday (23 February), with the 25-year-old improving on yesterday's total number of laps as he continued to develop Renault Sport Formula One Team's 2016 challenger.

The French outfit's R.S.16 managed 37 laps on Monday as a frustrating software glitch curtailed the former GP2 champion's running.

Tuesday fared better from the outset with Jolyon unlocking some performance in the car as he edged towards an encouraging 1:25s lap time. The stop/start nature of Jolyon's testing duties continued, however, when a hydraulic leak was followed by a turbo-related problem, which forced the Southwater racer out of action for the remainder of the day.

"It was smooth running initially and good progress was made until we had a small hydraulic leak before lunch," said Jolyon. "Well 42 laps are better than yesterday's 37. It was quite promising and at least things are moving in the right direction."

Kevin Magnussen is scheduled to take over behind the wheel of the R.S.16 on Wednesday and Thursday with Jolyon likely to get his next opportunity during next week's test (1-4 March) at the same venue.