Jolyon Palmer: “The last set of tyres didn’t switch on”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jolyon Palmer was left to reflect on another Q1 exit in qualifying as the British driver ended up eighteenth fastest for his home Grand Prix at Silverstone on Saturday.

The Renault Sport F1 bemoaned a lack of grip with his final set of tyres that did not give the performance he was expecting, which left him unable to set a time quick enough to join team-mate Kevin Magnussen in Q2.

Palmer is now looking forward on Sunday to make up positions, much like he did in both Russia and Austria this season as he bids for his first top ten finish and first points in Formula 1.

“It was a very difficult session,” said Palmer. “I had been feeling good in the car all weekend but the last set of tyres didn’t switch on for some reason.

“Until then I was feeling OK but I had really bad grip for the last run, couldn’t improve and then missed out. I’m disappointed as I think there is more in there to improve.

“For the race it’s the same plan as usual – you never know what will happen. We showed in the last Grand Prix that you can make up positions and in Russia we came through as well, but it’s not going to be easy.

“The weather looks varied, which can be a help. We will keep our heads down and get on with it.”