Jolyon Palmer felt he got as much out of his qualifying effort at the Circuit of the Americas as he could as he took fifteenth on the grid for the United States Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team racer out-qualified team-mate Kevin Magnussen again despite only having one run in both Q1 and Q2, with the first session in particular compromised as he was forced to run wide at the final turn as he attempted a second run as Jenson Button came up behind him on a quick lap.
Palmer is hopeful he will have the chance to move forward during Sunday’s race, but does not know exactly where his Renault team are in relative pace compared to his rivals.
“I think I got pretty much the most out of the car today, it’s my best qualifying for a while so I’m feeling good!” said Palmer. “I ended up doing just one good lap in Q1 and only one lap in Q2 but they were both pretty decent so I’m happy with 15th.
“For tomorrow, it’s difficult to tell exactly what our race pace will be like but I’m hoping we can have another good one.”