Renault Sport F1 Team driver Jolyon Palmer qualified 14th for the Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka International Circuit, but will take a 20 place grid penalty for power unit component changes.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03,
Qualifying: P14 [starts P18] 1:30.022
Free Practice Three: P17 1:30.764
Jolyon said: “Qualifying was okay, but the overall pace was a little disappointing for the team. The first run in Q2 went well and we were just out of the top ten, but on the second run, the car was sliding a bit and we couldn’t improve. The track was getting better so when you don’t improve, you fall down a long way. It’s a shame but we have to start at the back of the grid. I think we have more pace than the guys in front, so it can be a fun race.”