Palmer aims to out-qualify Magnussen

Date published: July 18 2016 - Editor

Jolyon Palmer is determined to get the jump on Kevin Magnussen come qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

At a time where Renault are struggling to get close to the top-ten, Palmer’s best yardstick is his team-mate Magnussen.

However, to date it is the Dane who has had the better of the running.

Not only has Magnussen scored all six of the Enstone team’s points, but he is also their best driver in qualifying.

In ten races Palmer has only twice qualified ahead of his team-mate, one of which was Canada where Magnussen did not take part in qualifying after crashing in FP3.

“Obviously he’s got a bit more experience than me and he’s had a few of seasons working with a top team so he’s a good yardstick,” Palmer said.

“It’s true he’s been just ahead of me in qualifying at many races but when you look at the actual lap times it’s so very close, we’re talking just a tenth or hundredths. Somehow it falls just so very slightly on Kev’s side.

“The races are often just as close and we’re often fighting for the same piece of track. This shows that we’re both generally getting the most out of the car for any given circumstance so this is beneficial for the team.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to be the one who’s a tenth or so quicker in qualifying; maybe we can make that happen in Budapest.”