Jolyon Palmer: “I am pretty happy with that performance”

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After a tough start to the Belgian Grand Prix, Jolyon Palmer is happy with his performance achieved during qualifying.

The Renault Sport driver struggled on the opening day of practice after his Free Practice 1 session ended early after he felt something strange on the car. He managed to limp back to the pits but not before his problems mounted after experiencing no drive. Once he had entered to pits, Palmer did not return to the track.

The problems continued into Free Practice 2 after he reported of throttle issues, at this moment, his session appeared to be over when he stopped and reported to having no power. After a helping hand from his mechanics, the Briton was able to restart the car. Free Practice 3 ran smoothly for him with his focus then turning to qualifying.

After all this problems that Palmer encountered, he was able to qualify in fourteenth. He was pleased with this performance after all the problems he has so far encountered, and he is now looking forward to the Grand Prix on Sunday.

“I am pretty happy with that performance,” said Palmer. “It’s the second race running that I’ve been in Q2, but we can be especially pleased with this one as yesterday was tough and we turned it around.

“Having two in a row shows that Hockenheim wasn’t a one-off and we are making genuine progress. There are a lot of unknowns for the race tomorrow as the temperatures are sky-high and tyre degradation is worse than expected, but we have some advantages.

“Everyone in the top ten is starting on used tyres whereas we have a new set in hand. I’m now really looking forward to the race and trying to crack into the top ten if we can.”