Heavy rain at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza delayed qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix and in the disrupted afternoon qualifying session, Jolyon set the 17th fastest time. Jolyon will carry grid penalties for tomorrow’s race through taking on new power unit elements, however. The nature of the grid will mean these are relatively small though and Jolyon is expected to line up 18th when the final grid is announced.

Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03, Q: P17 1:40.646 FP3: P5 1:44.369

“The tyre choice was difficult today. I pitted for Intermediate tyres from a lap that could have gotten me through Q2 but then I couldn’t get the tyres working properly. I got one lap in but it was just sliding around and couldn’t get another lap in before I saw the chequered flag. We knew that whatever happened today we start from the back so it’s not a big deal, but it would have been good to get a better crack at qualifying, regardless of where we’ll start tomorrow.”

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