I’m as curious as anyone else as to what seems to be the issue with Jolyon Palmer and his difficult season when juxtaposed with Nico Hulkenberg who has scored all the team’s points so far in 2017.
In F1, your teammate is the first measuring stick and Palmer has not been competitive with Hulkenberg in terms of results. He’s struggled to get on top of the car’s balance and performance windows and there is not doubt it has to be difficult to do but in the end, his teammate manages it as do all the other drivers in challenging cars. Team boss, Cyril Abiteboul, says they are working on it,
“But I think it’s in general on Saturday, that’s the issue, we put the car on Tarmac, it immediately works and some of the times you put it on the Tarmac and it doesn’t work and you have not changed a lot.
“On Saturday, he was not happy in the morning.
“Going into qualifying it was not better and on Sunday it didn’t improve.
“We have to look into that – we are committed to make this work.
“But you know – that’s five races into the season, so we also have more statistics to understand what is working and what is not working.”
Time and results could turn this around but it’s been two seasons of slow starts and difficult results for Palmer and one wonders when that patience and commitment might run out from Renault. As Renault progresses forward, the team will increasingly become a works team that other drivers will be keen to drive for and if I were Renault, I would look at luring Fernando Alonso or even Sergio Perez to the team should Palmer fail to clear the hurdle before him and start producing point-paying results like his teammate is.
Hat Tip: Autosport