Formula 1

Palmer feels potential is there with RS17 despite Q1 elimination

1 Mins read
Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Jolyon Palmer felt the pace was in his Renault Sport Formula 1 Team RS17 to qualify better than eighteenth on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix, but was amongst those to be caught out by the late yellow flags for Antonio Giovinazzi’s crash.

The Briton finished an excellent ninth during Saturday mornings free practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit, and as a result he felt confident heading into qualifying that he could do well, with the seventh place on the grid for team-mate Nico Hülkenberg backing up his confidence.

However, it was not to be due to Giovinazzi crashing his Sauber at the final corner, and Palmer will need some luck to fall his way on Sunday if he is to have a good Grand Prix.

“The car felt good today; I was ninth in FP3 so there’s clearly pace,” said Palmer. “I then had a flat spot on the first run during Q1, which made my second run critical.

“That lap was going well – to comfortably put me into Q2 – when the yellow flags came out and I had to lift. It’s really frustrating but at least we can see the potential is there. The car feels great but it’s all to do tomorrow.”

13738 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

Reviewing the resurgence of McLaren, what’s to come in 2024

4 Mins read
All eyes were on McLaren F1 Team’s impressive turn-around in 2023, going from the back of the pack to consistent podiums over the course of the season. What can they achieve in the year to come?
Formula 1

James Allison Keen for Mercedes to Focus on Recovery Despite Recent Form Slide

3 Mins read
Mercedes need to focus on recovering their form and returning to winning ways rather than dwelling on the recent past, according to technical director James Allison.
FIA WECFormula 1

Shwartzman Bidding for AF Corse Hypercar Drive Alongside 2024 Ferrari Reserve Commitments

2 Mins read
Robert Shwartzman is hopeful of having a World Endurance Championship drive alongside his Formula 1 reserve driver role with Ferrari in 2024.