Renault duo takes positives out of Aus GP

Date published: March 22 2016

As the teams turn their attention from the Australian Grand Prix to the Bahrain Grand Prix, Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer has remained positive despite not scoring any points.

Magnussen, who was initially a lap behind everyone else on the grid because of a punctured tyre, managed to claw his way to 12th position after a red flag was waved because of the Fernando Alonso and Esteban Gutierrez collision, which allowed him to catch up to the rest of the drivers.

"We have a really good car; the pace is strong, as is the baseline set-up. It's something we can continue to work from and evolve to gain more performance," he told crash.net.

"I don't think I had any contact so it was really unfortunate," he said. "Our pace after the restart was very promising so I'm excited for the next races."

Palmer, who was making his F1 debut and achieved 11th place at the GP, lauded the team for their efforts throughout the weekend and added that he is delighted to be behind the wheel again after taking a sabbatical from competitive racing.

"I think the team has done an incredible job this weekend to qualify in Q2 and then finishing the race in eleventh and twelfth; it's the maximum we could expect to achieve," the Englishman explained.

"It's a good start, we were so close to scoring points, and we can move forward from here.

"The race itself was busy but good fun; I absolutely loved being wheel to wheel again after a year out of racing. It was great to be back in the fray and it all went pretty smoothly for me. Happy days."