Jolyon Looks Ahead To Hungary After Being Denied Top Six Finish On NüRburgring Debut
Southwater racer aiming high in forthcoming GP2 rounds
Jolyon Palmer says he is looking forward to this weekend’s GP2 races at the Hungaroring circuit, and is keen to build on his impressive pace last time out at Germany’s Nürbugring where he came so close to securing a top six finish.
The 20-year-old Brit, racing in his first season of the F1 feeder series, showed great promise right from the off during last weekend’s two rounds in Germany, beginning with a superb eighth place in the opening practice session.
After a hard fought Feature Race on Saturday, the West Sussex racer then produced one of his best drives of the season in race two before being cruelly robbed of a likely points finish.
From 19th on the grid, Jolyon leapt off the line in tricky damp conditions to climb to an incredible 10th position by the end of the opening lap. As the race continued, the track began to dry and Jolyon was one of the first to change to slick tyres. After the pit-stop shake-up, he was pursuing sixth place when contact with Davide Valsecchi on lap 18 prematurely ended his race.
Valsecchi was subsequently judged to have been the guilty party and handed a ten place grid penalty for this weekend’s visit to Budapest, where Jolyon is hoping he can continue his strong pace and secure his maiden points finish.
"In the second race at the Nürbirgring I had an unbelievable first lap and made up a number of places, then had some great scraps on wet tyres before pitting for slicks," said Jolyon who was runner-up in the FIA Formula Two Championship last year. "I was challenging for sixth place and then Valsecchi made contact with me as he came out of the pits on cold tyres. It was very unlucky after one of my best drives of the season, but hopefully my luck will turn around soon and I can bounce back in Hungary.”
He added: “I’ve never been to the Hungaroring before but it looks like a nice flowing track and I hope to get up to speed quickly. Hopefully we have found something with the car set-up since the Nürbugring and so we should be more competitive.”
Rounds 13 and 14 of the 2011 GP2 Series get underway this weekend (29-31 July) at the 4.381km Hungaroring with full coverage on Jolyon’s official website.
by: Jolyon Palmer Media