A water leak ended Jolyon Palmer’s Canadian Grand Prix after just sixteen laps, continuing the rookie drivers miserable start to the 2016 Formula 1 season.
The Renault Sport F1 driver revealed that he was feeling more comfortable behind the wheel of the RS16 than he had so far this year, but saw good luck continue to fail him as he pulled into the pits with the race ending problem at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Despite his early retirement, Palmer was happy with how the new Renault power unit, which he was using for the first time in Canada, was working, feeling it was a progression on what he was using before.
“The new engine was working well performance-wise and we made a lot of progress on the set-up; I was feeling good with the car out there even though it was cold and slippery,” said Palmer.
“I received some contact from Carlos Sainz on the first lap then I was stuck behind one of the Manors early on, but once I was in clean air my pace felt good.
“I’m happy with the car so I’m looking forward to Baku. Certainly a little bit of luck wouldn’t go amiss too.”