Fortune didn’t favour Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer in today’s fast-paced and hot Hungarian Grand Prix (30 July), as the Briton finished 12th.
Jolyon started the race from P10 on a new set of Pirelli super-soft tyres. After running as high as eighth, he pitted from P11 on lap 46 for a new set of softs.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03: Started P10; Finished P12
Jolyon said: “The start was okay, but I lost out when I had to avoid [Daniel] Ricciardo, who suddenly slowed and that dropped me out of the top ten. My strategy was also compromised to try and help Nico’s race, and that meant [Kevin] Magnussen and [Daniil] Kvyat jumped me.
“It was a frustrating run to the flag with much more pace, but no chance to overtake them on this track. Now I’m looking forward to the summer break and switching off from racing to reset for Belgium.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Formula One Team Managing Director, added: “It’s a disappointing result on Sunday from what could have been a very strong weekend for us. We were caught in quite a procession, as it is difficult to pass here. Jo had a solid race, however the pace wasn’t strong enough for points. Despite the disappointment today, we have taken a clear step forward with the car, as shown in qualifying and in clean air, so we are eager to put this into play at Spa.”
“It was a frustrating run to the flag with much more pace, but no chance to overtake them on this track. Now I’m looking forward to the summer break and switching off from racing to reset for Belgium.” Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver