Jolyon Palmer experienced another mixed day of fortunes in the world of Formula 1, but the young Brit was able to end the first day in Monaco on a high.
Free Practice 1 was originally going to plan for the Renault Sport F1 driver, as he gradually got up to speed while working through his programme. The dusty nature of the famous street circuit caught out a number of drivers during the early Friday running, however, and Jolyon was unfortunately among them with just over 20 minutes of the session remaining.
The 25-year-old slid wide in his Renault Sport R.S.16 and eventually made contact with the barrier, ending his run on the sport.
The French manufacturer squad worked tirelessly to ready his car for FP2 but could only complete the job with just over half an hour remaining.
Jolyon jumped in the #30 car and focussed on longer runs until late on, before setting his fastest time in the closing minutes. His quickest lap was just two tenths slower than team-mate Kevin Magnussen, who also had his own accident with the Monaco Armco in the final practice session of the day.
Magnussen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo are running the new improved Renault engine this weekend, whilst Jolyon and Max Verstappen are forced to wait until the Canadian Grand Prix for the upgrade. Interestingly Verstappen was the best part of a second slower than his Red Bull stablemate, so Jolyon will be relatively pleased to remain within touching distance of Kevin and his new power unit.