Jolyon Palmer, Renault, Sochi Autodrom, 2016

Palmer believes car problems are solved

2016 Russian Grand Prix

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Jolyon Palmer believes he has solved the problems which have held him back in recent races.

The Renault driver finished last in China and had struggled with severe oversteer on his car during the first day of practice in Russia.

However after lapping within a tenth of a second of team mate Kevin Magnussen in qualifying, Palmer believes he’s found a solution.

“Today the car has been really good,” he said after qualifying alongside Magnussen in 18th. “I think we’ve found the problem that’s been hurting me the last couple of grands prix.”

“We’ve changed something and it’s working well so it’s good to be back on track. I’m pleased because I can now demonstrate what I can do as a driver whereas before it was frustrating.”

Neither Renault driver progressed beyond Q1 but Palmer believes they will be more competitive in the grand prix.

“We’re not super quick as a team but I’m happy with the car and I think we can look forward to a good race tomorrow,” he said.

“Our race pace tends to be better than in qualifying; we should be able to move forward quite quickly, we’ll definitely aim to challenge the guys in front of us and take any opportunity on offer.”

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3 comments on “Palmer believes car problems are solved”

  1. “Car problems are solved..”

    Despite not making it out of Q1…

  2. What he is saying is that the car underneath him is now optimised, however inherently slow it is. The small delta with Kevin seems to confirm that. Simples. It’s not really up to the drivers to find engineering solutions to make the car quicker.

  3. I’m afraid he’s not technically savvy. I really like him, I think he has the handle of an f1 car, that said he was nowhere both in bahrain and in china.

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