Renault Sport Formula One Team's Jolyon Palmer ended the first day of the Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2017 eighth fastest, thanks to an encouraging 1min 21.992secs lap time.
Jolyon missed FP1, handing over driving duties to Sergey Sirotkin as planned, but he completed an impressive 43 laps in the second session - utilising both the medium and soft Pirelli tyres.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-01
Free practice 2: P8, 1:21.992, 43 laps
Jolyon said: "It was good to get out in the car for the afternoon after sitting out in the morning. The car feels a lot better when using the Soft tyre as the balance on the Medium wasn’t too great. We had a productive session with a strong tally of trouble-free laps. I’ve got a few areas to work on with my engineers but overall it’s been a solid afternoon.”
Bob Bell, Chief Technical Officer, added: "Overall it was a reasonably good day for us. The Soft tyre suited us best today with the underlying performance of the car demonstrated by both Nico and Jo in the afternoon FP2 session. In the morning, we struggled more for pace with the harder compounds which weren’t particularly friendly to our car balance."
"It was good to get out in the car for the afternoon after sitting out in the morning." Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver