Renault Sport F1 Team driver Jolyon Palmer completed extensive running in changeable conditions for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix. Jolyon completed 10 laps on Intermediate tyres in the wet opening session of the weekend, and 26 more in the dry later on to achieve 11th place in both sessions.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03
Free practice 1: P11, 1:53.625, 10 laps
Free practice 2: P11, 1:33.381, 26 laps
Jolyon said: “I’m quite happy with what we accomplished today. I think we are in a reasonable place but we definitely have some work to do on the car - but that’s somewhat encouraging because the pace wasn’t so bad. We need focus on balance with the wet tyres, we’ll work on it and I’m sure we’ll get them working for us.”
Nick Chester, Chassis Technical Director, said: “Due to the wet conditions in FP1, we couldn’t run our dry program but we did complete long runs with both cars on intermediate tyres. Both Sergey and Jo gave us our first look in wet conditions and that will be helpful should we get a wet track this weekend. During the dry afternoon session, we were able to run our planned FP2 programme. The car was better balanced on the super soft tyres than the soft tyres and we will work on setup overnight to improve balance on both tyres for FP3. The car was competitive in FP2 and we are looking forward to tomorrow whether it is wet or dry.”