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New Renault driver Magnussen says it will take time

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 00:52

Renault launches new F1 team with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer the drivers

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SHOWS: GUYANCOURT, FRANCE (FEBRUARY 3, 2016) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. THE RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE TEAM UNVEILING RENAULT F1 LIVERIED CAR WITH RENAULT SPORT 2, FORMULA ONE TEAM DRIVERS (LEFT TO RIGHT), JOLYON PALMER, TEST AND RESERVE DRIVER, ESTEBAN OCON AND KEVIN MAGNUSSEN 3. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE DRIVER, KEVIN MAGNUSSEN, SAYING: "It's probably going to take time, this is a new team and we've taken over a team that has been doing really well with what they had but they have been struggling so, probably slightly behind to start with but you know with these guys with what we have here, we'll catch up quick." 4. (SOUNDBITE) (English) RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE DRIVER, JOLYON PALMER, SAYING: "It's not going to be an easy year, so it's just about working together with the other side of the garage and getting the best results possible and really working with the engineers to improve." 5. MAGNUSSEN, OCON, GHOSN, PALMER, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT JEROME STOLL, VASSEUR AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RENAULT SPORT FORMULA ONE, CYRIL ABITEBOUL, STANDING WITH CAR STORY: Renault announced the Formula One comeback of Danish driver Kevin Magnussen at their launch in Paris, France on Wednesday (February 3) of a new-look team that will put the French carmaker back on the starting grid as a constructor powered by their own engine. Magnussen drove for McLaren in 2014 but his F1 career appeared to have stalled after he spent last year on the sidelines and was then dropped by McLaren. At the end of last season, Renault took over the Lotus F1 team which now becomes the Renault Sport F1 team. Magnussen replaces Pastor Maldonado after the Venezuelan's funding dried up and will partner British rookie Jolyon Palmer in the new team. Magnussen told reporters he was expecting 2016 to be a season devoted to developing the chassis and engine. "It's probably going to take time, this is a new team and we've taken over a team that has been doing really well with what they had but they have been struggling so, probably slightly behind to start with but you know with these guys with what we have here, we'll catch up quick," the Dane said. Palmer was Lotus F1's reserve driver last season, which enabled him to drive the car on track in Friday practice sessions at Grands Prix. He also envisages a tough learning year. "It's not going to be an easy year, so it's just about working together with the other side of the garage and getting the best results possible and really working with the engineers to improve," Palmer said.

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New Renault driver Magnussen says it will take time

Wednesday, February 03, 2016 - 00:52