Jolyon Palmer qualified in the top ten for the first time in his Formula 1 career at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday. The Brit staged a good recovery after a tricky weekend so far; following a difficult FP3 by improving steadily all the way through the qualifying session.
Palmer will start the Bahrain Grand Prix from 5th row, behind Williams' Felipe Massa.
“It’s my best ever qualifying; Q3 for the first time, and I’ve seen a full hour of qualifying, which is nice", Palmer says.
"I’m happy, especially as we had a tough weekend up until now, trying to extract the performance from the car. I got my head down with my engineers and we made some changes before qualifying making the car much better. I didn’t put in a fantastic Q3 lap so it could have gone better, but we do stand a good chance to score points tomorrow.”
His teammate Nico Hülkenberg has qualified in seventh position for the second Grand Prix in a row. Today’s qualifying result was the first double Q3 appearance for Renault Sport Formula One Team.
“That was one of my best qualifying laps together with my pole in Brazil 2010. It’s quite a tricky track to get a perfect lap here, but I think I extracted the maximum possible today", Hülkenberg added.
"The team has done a great job all through the weekend so I’m very proud and happy right now. Looking to the race, I’m a bit cautious with predictions as we had a great qualifying last time out, then the circumstances of the race undid our good work. We just need to get some good Easter egg points tomorrow.”