GP2 racer Jolyon Palmer contested his home race last weekend and now is ready for the challenge of the Nürburgring.
Southwater GP2 racer Jolyon Palmer heads to the Nürburgring this weekend with the podium in his sight, after a competitive, but ultimately frustrating weekend at Silverstone.
“I had a decent start and a mega first few laps passing a lot of people,” he said. “After the stops I was up into sixth, I passed my team mate and then was chasing Fabio Leimer in the battle for a podium. In the end I hurt my tyres too much following Leimer and lost a place but ended up sixth, but I was very happy to have produced another good recovery drive.”
Sixth in race one gave him a starting position on the second row of the grid for Sunday’s Sprint Race. A slow start though saw him fall to sixth at the first corner, and he was then innocently hit by another competitor, dropping him down to 15th. Again fighting his way through the field, his weekend ended prematurely when he was bizarrely taken out by a backmarker who was being lapped.
“I got a poor start with too much wheel spin and was then hit by Richelmi at turn one which dropped me a long way back. I was coming through the field again until I tried to lap Canamasas who turned in on me and ended my race. I have no idea what he was trying to do. It was a very disappointing end to my home race as at least a podium should have been possible.”
Jolyon is now turning his attentions to rounds 11 & 12 of the championship which take place at the Nürburgring in Germany this weekend (5-7 July), where he is aiming for a top three result.
“It’s great to be back racing again at the Nürburgring just a week after Silverstone. After some bad luck last weekend I’m hoping for just a clean weekend and a chance to pick up the points and hopefully a podium which I have deserved over the last few rounds.”
Full coverage of rounds 11 and 12 of the 2013 GP2 season at Nurburgring, including live timing, will be available on Jolyon's official website www.jolyonpalmer.com, while TV coverage of all sessions will be available on Sky F1's HD Channel. The first practice session gets underway at 11am (UK time) on Friday 28 June.