Will Palmer: “No opportunities presented themselves!”

Will Palmer - Credit: Marc de Mattia / DPPI

Will Palmer secured his first podium finish of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 season during Saturday’s opening race at Paul Ricard, although he was slightly disappointed to have only been third.

The R-ace GP driver had his best qualifying session of the season, qualifying second behind Harrison Scott, but grabbed the lead heading into the first turn, only to see both Scott and Lando Norris pass him before the end of the lap, consigning him to third place, ahead of team-mate Max Defourny.

“I put in my best qualifying of the season before getting an excellent start,” said Palmer on renaultsport.com. “I was able to surprise Harrison at turn one to lead the opening seconds of the race, but I was forced to go on the outside on the marbles, which compromised the rest of the lap.

“Harrison and Lando were able to get away as I lost ground before I was able to catch them up in the final laps. Alas, no opportunities presented themselves!”

Following on from his podium, Palmer had a much quieter Sunday, qualifying and finishing in tenth place, and now sits ninth in the championship standings on forty-seven points, three points behind Ferdinand Habsburg in eighth and only six points behind Jehan Daruvala in sixth.