It was announced earlier this week that Renault driver Jolyon Palmer will receive a new chassis after his heavy shunt at the start of the Monaco Grand Prix.
After eight laps under the safety car, Palmer lost control as he drove over white lines at the restart, slamming heavily into the outside wall and rolling all the way to Ste Devote and hitting another barrier. It was a weekend of multiple incidents for both Renault drivers, with Kevin Magnussen also having a few brushes with the walls, though only Palmer will require a new chassis.
In an interview with the media this week, Renault chassis technical director Nick Chester said the following about Palmer receiving a new chassis:-
‘Kevin’s incidents mainly damaged bolt-on parts whereas Jolyon’s incident means we will use a new chassis – R.S.16-04 – for Montréal. The car hit the barriers quite hard at an oblique angle which damaged the front of the chassis and since we have a new chassis available it makes sense to introduce it.
‘Fortunately, 04 was pretty far along on its build so we only needed to complete fuel cell installation and wiring for it to be ready for Canada.’
In his own interview with the media this week, Palmer revealed he offered to help the team fit the new chassis after his shunt as follows:-
‘He went over the data and it looks like it was the lower grip as I crossed the white lines of the zebra crossing which meant my wheels span as I pushed to accelerate. The car was pitched sideways and I collected the barriers. It was just the wrong place at the wrong time. I had a bit of bruising on my feet so it was just my ego and the car that had to suffer.
‘I have been in Enstone since Monaco, to get some time in the simulator but I did also offer to get the spanners out to help build the new chassis… I’m very grateful for all the hard work that goes in at the track and back in Enstone and Viry and I did more than my fair share of damage to the car in Monaco.’