Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Jolyon Palmer recorded a season best in the recent Monaco Grand Prix, finishing in eleventh position after 78 laps around the most iconic circuit in the Formula 1 galaxy.
Jolyon started from P16 and drove a mature race to finish just 1.3 seconds away from the points. Nico Hülkenberg was curtailed in his quest to storm up the order due to a gearbox issue on lap 16. Nico had been running in the top ten prior to his retirement.
Following the race, Renault Sport Formula One Team retain seventh position in the Constructors’ Championship. The race also saw 40th anniversary celebrations in conjunction with Star Wars, with special guests and branding to celebrate the release of Star Wars: A New Hope and Renault’s Formula 1 debut with the RS01 in 1977.
Nico started the race from P10 on new Ultrasoft Pirelli tyres, retiring on track because of a gearbox issue on lap 16.
Jolyon started the race from P16 on a new set of Ultrasoft tyres, pitting on lap 42 for a new set of Supersoft tyres.
Nico Hülkenberg said after the race, “I think a few points were possible in the race. There was definitely potential to make some places. The thing about Monaco is you have to stay in the game and I think ninth or even eighth was possible had we been able to do that.”
It was pretty sudden. I saw smoke coming out from the back of the car and the team told me to stop the car due to a diagnosis of gearbox failure. As a driver it’s disappointing but it certainly doesn’t detract from our potential. We’ll bounce back in Montréal.”
Jolyon Palmer said afterwards, “I’m happy with the race, the pace was pretty good and there were no mistakes. I enjoyed it. To hustle the car around Monaco for 78 laps was great and the tyres were hanging on, so you could really push the whole way through, which was stellar. It’s pretty hard to overtake here and I was just one second away from getting the first point of the year!”