Palmer dismayed as problems in Baku ruin chance to shine

Jolyon Palmer - RS17 - Azerbaijan GP 2017. Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Keeping hold of his seat in Formula 1 was made all the more difficult for Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver Jolyon Palmer this weekend, when technical issues saw him retire from the race having completed just seven laps.

The Brit has come under fire of late for his poor performances in comparison to team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who has scored points at five out of the eight races competed at this year, to Palmer’s zero.

Speculation is rife that Palmer could lose his drive with Renault before this season is even out, so to experience reliability issues across the race weekend in Baku, was less than ideal for the 26-year-old, who now has a race against time to show he is still worthy of a seat in the sport.

“I experienced a misfire on the way to the grid; it got worse and ultimately the drivability was so poor that we had no choice but to retire the car.

“I made a decent start and then some overtakes into P15 so the start of my race was okay.

“It’s just been one of those weekends; I can’t remember ever having so few laps over a race weekend.”

The Brit is clearly frustrated with the situation he currently finds himself in, and is praying for an uninterrupted weekend when we head to Austria for the next round of the 2017 Formula 1 season, in two weeks’ time.

“My hope is to head to Austria with a reliable car so I can have a clean Grand Prix to show what I can do.”