In what proved to be a disastrous British Grand Prix weekend, Renault couldn’t manage to get both cars over the line at Sunday’s race, citing gearbox issues the cause for a double retirement.
Jolyon Palmer was the first casualty for the French manufacturer after he reported that there was a ‘strange feelng’ with his gearbox, which resulted in the team calling the car in on the 38th lap.
Prior to his retirement, the Brit was also handed a ten-second stop-and-go penalty after his pit crew released him with only three tyres instead four during one of his stops.
“We retired the car as there was a strange feeling with the gearbox, more as a precaution as at that stage we were two laps down. We’ll now investigate the problem thoroughly,” he said of his retirement.
Retiring his yellow R.S.16 on the 50th lap, Palmer’s teammate Kevin Magnussen suffered the same issue, and just like his counterpart, was told to bring his car in as a precaution.
“We tried our best but unfortunately we were just not quick enough”, the Dane said.
“We suspected something might be wrong with the gearbox towards the end of the race so retired the car as a precaution.
“We’ll look through everything and come back stronger in Hungary.”
Renault weren’t the only ones plagued with gearbox issues as Mercedes and Ferrari were also at the receiving end of unwanted problems because of it.