Jolyon Palmer frustrated with Renault pace in Italy

by Gemma Bray

Jolyon Palmer had a disappointing opening day of practice for the 2016 Italian Grand Prix after he finished the day at the bottom of the time sheets.

The Renault Sport driver finished Free Practice 1 in twenty-first ahead of team-mate Kevin Magnussen. Free Practice 2 wasn’t much better for Palmer after he only managed to set a fastest time of 1:25.833 to finish at the bottom of the time sheets. Behind the Sauber of Felipe Nasr.

Even with these positions, Palmer feels the Enstone based outfit have still been able to successfully work through their programme. This is the first time the Briton has driven around the Autodromo Nazionale Monza as a Formula 1 driver. For him it feels really special blasting through the trees.

Palmer is hoping Renault can perform like they did for the Belgian Grand Prix. Where on the Friday Palmer finished in twentieth and then qualified in fourteenth.

“We’ve not set the world alight for pace today but we’ve been able to work through our programme and we’re confident to be able to take a step forward tomorrow,” said Palmer.

“It’s a great track and it feels really special to blast through the trees. We saw in Spa that we could improve significantly between Friday and Saturday so we’re looking for something similar here in Monza.”

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