Renault Sport Formula One Team's Jolyon Palmer looked poised for a best grid slot yet in Formula 1, after setting the P7 time in both FP3 and Q2, however a gearbox issue prevented him from setting a time in Q3, meaning he was eventually classified P10.
Jolyon Palmer, #30, R.S.17-03, Q: P10 1:44.685 FP3: P7 1:45.491
“I’ve been in a really good place with the RS17 all weekend, easily the best all year. I’ve had strong confidence in the car, it’s felt really well balanced and we haven’t had to make many changes, so this bodes well for the future. We had a gearbox problem in Q3, which came after a couple of issues with a clutch sensor, so despite all that it’s a positive that we made it into the top ten for qualifying. Without the Q3 issue, P7 was definitely on the cards with the pace we’d shown. I’m hoping for points tomorrow.”