Jolyon Palmer: “I wasn’t able to get the pace out of the car when it was needed”

by Paul Hensby

Jolyon Palmer’s disappointing start to the 2017 Formula 1 season continued at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Sunday when the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team racer could only finish fifteenth.

The former GP2 Series champion’s plight was highlighted further by team-mate Nico Hülkenberg’s strong race to sixth, but Palmer was unable to match the German and trailed in towards the back of the field, ahead only of Lance Stroll.

Palmer admitted that they went for an aggressive strategy from a lowly grid slot after a poor qualifying on Saturday, but it ultimately did not pay off, and he now has work to do in order to find out the cause of another under par weekend.

“We went for an aggressive strategy today given my starting position on the grid,” said Palmer. “I think it’s fair to say it didn’t bring us the reward we wanted.

“I wasn’t able to get the pace out of the car when it was needed, however we were going better on the final set of tyres.

“My job now is to sit down with my engineers and analyse the race whilst we also have a good look at the car too. I’m determined that we will do better in Monaco.”

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