Jolyon Palmer was dissatisfied with his result at the German Grand Prix after seeing his chance of points end early with a first lap clash with Felipe Massa on Sunday.
The Renault Sport F1 driver made a good start to move up a handful of places, but locked his brakes into turn two that gave him a flat-spot on his tyres, and then misjudged his braking into the hairpin that saw him hit the rear of Massa’s Williams that damaged his front wing.
As a result of the flat-spot, Palmer made an early trip to the pits for new tyres, while his damaged wing was replaced in his second visit to the pit lane, with the Briton ultimately finishing down in nineteenth position.
“Everything was really positive coming into this event, and I had a good start; I think I was up to tenth, so it’s a disappointing result today,” said Palmer.
“I had a big lock up in turn two and massively flat-spotted my tyres. I could barely see where I was going because of the vibrations and I tipped a Williams whilst trying to hold on from one of the McLarens. This damaged my front wing which we changed at the second pit stop.
“After that there wasn’t much I could do. It’s a shame but we can take the positives, put the rest behind us and focus on the second half of the season.”