Despite a spate of accidents this season, Jolyon Palmer insists he and Kevin Magnussen are “not crashers”, the RS16 is just a difficult car to drive.
Both drivers have had several offs this season with Palmer hitting the barriers three times in Monaco, including a race-ending crash in the wet that destroyed his Renault.
Magnussen has also had a few of his own, his most recent coming in final practice for the Canadian Grand Prix, a crash that meant he was not able to take part in the day’s qualifying.
But despite their troubles, Palmer is adamant they are “not crashers.”
He told Autosport: “Obviously it doesn’t make us look good if we crash the car, and when the car’s difficult to drive there’s a higher chance to crash it.
“I’ve only crashed the car one weekend this year – which was Monaco – but I did have quite a big one in the race, which was quite a unique situation, and practice I had two more as well.
“So Monaco was a very bad weekend but forgetting that one, I haven’t crashed the car. And Kev had one in Montreal.
“It’s not like we’re complete crashing drivers. The car’s difficult, especially on bumpy circuits.
“It’s not easy to be pushing and trying to find the gains to make it to Q2 without making any mistakes and if you make the mistakes on those tracks then you’re in the wall.
“I’m sure that as the season goes on people will realise that.
“We’re not crashers so I don’t expect that it will be theme of the year.”
He added: “The car’s not easy to drive. We’re clearly missing a reasonable amount of downforce when you compare it to the Red Bull, which is probably the best car on the grid.
“It’s quite snappy, especially in Montreal and Monaco over the bumps we were struggling.
“The bumps are where suddenly the car can spit you and doubled with that, the walls are very close so I think that it exaggerated it.”