Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer matched his second-best qualifying performance of the year under the searing sun at the Hungaroring with the 11th-fastest time today (29 July), but a penalty ahead means the Briton will start from P10 on the grid – equalling his best starting position since joining the team.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Qualifying: P11, 1:18.415
FP3: P10, 1:18.956
Jolyon said: "The car’s been working well. I was a bit disappointed not to be in Q3, but I will start from P10 on the grid tomorrow, which is a decent position to score some points from. I was in the top ten yesterday in FP1 and today in Q1, so we’ve seen there’s good potential from the car. We’ve got some new tyres available, so we have options; all we need is a good rhythm in the race."
Alan Permane, Renault Sport Formula One Team Sporting Director, added: "The team had a fairly simple and stress-free session. If Jo had had a better day on Friday, I’m sure he could have made it into Q3 and this is key for him. If he can have calmer Fridays, there is no reason he won’t be a regular Q3 visitor. Our goal from here is to have a very strong race."
"P10 is a decent position to score some points from. We’ve got some new tyres available, so we have options; all we need is a good rhythm in the race." Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver