Renault Sport Formula One Team's Jolyon Palmer endured a tough Grand Prix, employing a three-stop strategy from his P17 start to finish in fifteenth in the 2017 Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli.
Jolyon started the race on a new set of Medium tyres, pitting on the first lap for a new set of Softs, then stopping for further new Soft tyres on laps 21 and 42.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03: Started P17, finished P15.
Jolyon said: "We went for an aggressive strategy today given my starting position on the grid. 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."
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director, added: "We still have to work hard to understand how to maximise the performance of the R.S.17; this weekend was rather unusual for us because our race pace was better than our qualifying performance. For Jolyon it was a tough Grand Prix and we are dedicated to understanding what we can do to improve this. We head next to Monaco, a circuit which presents very unique challenges, eager to continue the team’s upward trajectory."
"We went for an aggressive strategy today given my starting position on the grid. I think it’s fair to say it didn’t bring us the reward we wanted." Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver