Exciting new chapters began this month in the careers of the seven winners of the 2016 INFINITI Engineering Academy, as they started their dream engineering placements with INFINITI and the Renault Sport Formula One™ Team.
Renault Sport Formula One Team's Jolyon Palmer put in a strong and strategic charge from the back of the grid to take fourteenth in today's Formula 1 Gran Premio de México. Jolyon started P21 and made a pit stop under the safety car at the end of the first lap.
The INFINITI Engineering Academy, now in its third year, is a one-of-a-kind global search for the world's best up-and-coming engineers. For 2016, seven placements have been made available with one winner chosen each from the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe (including Russia), the United Arab Emirates, China and Asia–Pacific.
Renault Sport Formula One Team teammates Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen drove a measured Emirates Japanese Grand Prix in Suzuka on Sunday. The team opted for a one-stop tire strategy for the 53-lap race, with both Jolyon and Kevin fighting in the middle of the pack throughout and taking the checkered flag in P12 and P14 respectively.
Renault Sport Formula One Team's Kevin Magnussen enjoyed his and the team's second highest finish of the season with 10th position in the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. Kevin took advantage of a stellar start and ran for most of the race inside the top 10. Jolyon Palmer was not so lucky, with a suspected slow puncture from debris at the start of the race forcing an earlier than planned first pit stop. Running thereafter out of sequence, Jolyon finished in fifteenth.
Renault Sport Formula One Team experienced a character-building Gran Premio Heineken d'Italia at the Autodromo di Monza. Jolyon Palmer made up a number of positions after a spirited start however contact with Felipe Nasr – for which the Sauber driver was subsequently penalized – led to retirement on safety grounds. Kevin Magnussen also made a strong start and finished in seventeenth position.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team unfortunately could not capitalize on its best-ever qualifying performance in today's Belgian Grand Prix. Kevin Magnussen had lined up twelfth, just in front of Jolyon Palmer for the 44-lap race. After a strong start, Jolyon was running seventh and Kevin eighth, but a heavy crash for Kevin on lap five led to his premature retirement from the race.