Jolyon Palmer: “It was a typical Friday for us on track”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jolyon Palmer enjoyed his track time on Friday at Silverstone despite again struggling towards the lower reaches of the midfield during both practice sessions.

The Renault Sport F1 driver is hopeful that the traditionally unsettled British weather can give the team a chance as Palmer ended up sixteenth in first practice and eighteenth in FP2, around where the former GP2 Series champion has been for pretty much the whole season so far.

“Silverstone is a great track, with loads of great fans and I enjoyed driving out there today,” said Palmer. “It was a typical Friday for us on track.

“We tried out two different tyre compounds and low fuel levels, plus a run on high fuel. We were on the medium for most of the day: it has a low working range so it is difficult to build up temperatures and the car can feel inconsistent to drive at the start.

“It got very windy out there at times too, which didn’t help. The soft gives very good grip over one lap but then degrades quickly. I think it was an OK result; it looks like we are in a similar position to normal.

“I am sure we can find something tomorrow, and we have to maximise what we can do. It looks as though we’ll have British weather all weekend but a bit of rain mixing it up would be good for us!”