Jolyon’s GP2 frustration in Barcelona

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SOUTHWATER racing driver Jolyon Palmer had to settle for finishes outside the top ten at the weekend’s GP2 races in Barcelona.

The 20-year-old rookie battled hard throughout both races at the Circuit de Catalunya track – renowned for being notoriously difficult for overtaking – but could only secure an 18th and 17th place finish, unable to repeat his impressive top ten performance from earlier this month at Turkey.

High tyre degradation and safety car periods affected both races at the 4.655km track, with Jolyon’s gamble of a two-stop strategy in race one not paying dividends, leaving him to settle for 18th.

Jolyon, who finished as runner-up in the FIA Formula Two Championship last year, battled hard once more in Sunday’s second race, moving up the field in the latter half to cross the line 17th.

The Arden International driver will now concentrate on the next two rounds of the F1 feeder series which take place on May 26-28 at Monaco.

He remarked: “We have a lot of ground to make up during the short break before Monaco, but we have time to analyse the data and I’m confident we’ll be able to improve the car next weekend.”