Jolyon Palmer endured a difficult Italian Grand Prix (Sunday 3 September), and was forced into retirement with mechanical problems after 29 laps. Jolyon, on a reverse tyre strategy from his team-mate, was making progress before his pit stop and had made it to the cusp of the points-paying positions with some consistent pace. His car was subsequently retired for safety concerns after a transmission issue arose.
Jolyon started the race from P17 on a new set of Soft tyres, pitting on lap 25 for a new set of Supersofts. He incurred a 5-sec. penalty for leaving the track and gaining an advantage over Fernando Alonso. On lap 29 he had a transmission issue and retired for safety reasons.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03: Started P17, DNF
“Our strategy was promising and I was quite enjoying working up the order today. It wasn’t going to be our strongest race, but there was potential for a decent finish. Sadly, we had a transmission component failure which led to a precautionary stop. It’s a shame because I think the pace was looking quite strong with the Supersofts in the end.”