Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer was far from happy after being knocked out of qualifying for this weekend’s Australian grand Prix.
After a practice crash at the Albert Park Circuit on Friday, the French based squad repaired the Brit’s car in time for today’s third practice and then qualifying….however according to Jolyon, the car just wasn’t the same.
"We had a fuel surge on the first run, so I didn't do a lap," Palmer said. "I did my second lap, it was my first of the weekend on ultrasoft and to be honest the car was awful. Yesterday the car was feeling good, yeah I crashed, which was my bad, but I was really happy with the car at least and showing something sensible in the lap times.
"Today, the car was put back together, I have to thank the guys, but it's actually a disaster. I'm a second off what I did on my second lap in FP1, which is pretty terrible. The brakes are terrible, the balance is pretty horrible and the traction is terrible."
Jolyon will start tomorrow’s season opening Australian Grand Prix from 19th on the grid. He did qualify in 20th, however lance Stroll is taking a five place grid drop for a damaged gearbox after his earlier crash with the wall.