Jolyon Palmer: “Fifteenth is probably as good as it can get”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jolyon Palmer continued his strong qualifying towards the end of the season as he once again made it through to the second segment of qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit.

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team racer will start the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from fifteenth on the grid, and felt that his Q1 lap that took him through into Q2 was a good one, but felt fifteenth was about as good as it was going to get.

“I’m really happy with how we’ve been going; I’ve been in Q2 at every race I’ve qualified for after the Malaysia GP now so it’s been a strong run for us including today,” said Palmer.

“Yas Marina isn’t the easiest of tracks for us but I did a really good lap in Q1 and managed to beat Wehrlein in Q2, so fifteenth is probably as good as it can get.”

Palmer is hoping he will be able to move forward during Sunday’s race, with the pace on Sundays for the Renault team generally being better than it is in qualifying.

“I think our race pace is a bit stronger, so we should be able to move forward,” said Palmer. “If something kicks off at the start and we make up some places then we have the pace to stay up there.”