Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer endured a cruel afternoon at Silverstone, after the Brit’s car stopped on the formation lap with a loss of hydraulic pressure.
Jolyon started the race from P11 on a new set of Supersoft tyres. He reported a lack of hydraulic pressure on the formation lap and was advised by the team to pull off the track, unable to make the start of the British Grand Prix.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-01: Started P11, DNS.
“Going out at the start of the race is really frustrating. We had a hydraulic leak on the first lap, which is pretty gutting as I think we were in a good position. Eleventh with new tyres, a car that was working really well with lots of different options on strategy: all was looking good to get some points.
“I have had so much support all weekend that it would have been sweet to get them here. All the same we can see that the car has taken a step forward, but we just need to look at reliability now.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director:
“We have to say sorry to Jo as he finally had the starting position he needed and we all wanted him to get those first points today. He almost certainly would have made it if we hadn’t had the problem.
“There is always a bit of frustration to be so exposed to reliability weaknesses as we could have done even better today, but what is important is that the upgrades have worked well.”
"Going out at the start of the race is really frustrating. We had a hydraulic leak on the first lap, which is pretty gutting as I think we were in a good position." Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver