Palmer ‘going great guns’ before gearbox issue


Jolyon Palmer was happy with his improved performance in qualifying as he continues the fight to keep his seat at Renault.

Palmer was consistently challenging for P7 on the grid for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, but a gearbox problem in Q3 meant he was not able to post a lap and had to settle for P10, barring any forthcoming penalties.

"It's such a shame as we were going great guns out there," said Palmer.

"I think Q1/Q2 was easy through, and then both my laps in Q2 would have put seventh on the grid. So to not even take part in Q3, it's disappointing to be tenth, but at least we have to try and stay there and not take a penalty."

"I've got to be happy with that qualifying really, compared to where we've been. I think the whole weekend has been really good since FP1.

"I was just happy with the car, had a great feeling all the way through. I think we've done a good job as a team.

"We've just got to get it back in one piece tomorrow and get some points."