It was another tough day in the office for Jolyon Palmer as the Briton completed only eighteen laps across the two free practice sessions at the Hungaroring on Friday after a fuel pressure issue heavily compromised his running.
Palmer was forced to watch most of the first practice from the pits when his RS16 first developed the problem, and it took until well into the second session to get it fixed and get him back out on track for some more running.
The Renault Sport F1 driver finished twenty-second and last in FP1, but was able to get within two-tenths of a second of team-mate Kevin Magnussen in the second despite only getting twelve laps under his belt compared to the Dane’s forty-one.
“Obviously today was pretty far from ideal as we only got six laps on track in the morning then twelve in the afternoon but I know the track and the car feels pretty decent so it’s not the end of the world,” said Palmer.
“I started my day hoping that there would be no issues with the car and that the bad luck was behind me, then we continued to have a recurring fuel issue, which was a bit of a pain.
“We haven’t learnt too much over my side of the garage today but we seem to have got to the bottom of the fuel pressure issue so that’s a definite positive from the hard work.”