Jolyon Palmer rues 'painful' Renault software problems in F1 test

Jolyon Palmer is hoping Renault find a permanent cure for a software issue that made for a "painful" first day of Formula 1 testing with the French manufacturer

Jolyon Palmer rues 'painful' Renault software problems in F1 test

On his bow as a fully-fledged F1 driver, after serving as reserve with Lotus last season, Palmer completed only 37 laps and finished bottom of the timesheet at Barcelona, almost 4.5 seconds behind pacesetter Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari.

"It was a disappointing first day," Palmer admitted.

"It's been challenging, such a messy day.

"I'd hoped to have done more than 37 laps. We'd definitely have liked to have got more under our belt."

After revealing it was software issues that compromised his running, Palmer added: "It's just difficult to understand it really.

"The guys worked all day trying to get on top of that and we made progress throughout the day.

"Hopefully overnight we can fix it for good and head out at 9am tomorrow morning [when he is back in the car]."

With testing already curtailed this year to two four-day sessions, the lack of running has compromised Palmer ahead of the season-opening race in Australia next month, although he is hoping to make up for lost ground.

"It's painful, yeah," said Palmer.

"They've already cut [testing] down from 12 days to eight, and I've only got 37 laps out of one, so it's not ideal.

"I had a lot of mileage last year. The car is an evolution of last year's car, so it didn't feel massively different, but we didn't do any performance running.

"It's frustrating, but I've got three more days, that's plenty of laps."

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