Palmer settles for second at Silverstone

2014 GP2 Series Round 5. Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Friday 4 July 2014. Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS)  Photo: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image JE1_2652
2014 GP2 Series Round 5. Silverstone International Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England Friday 4 July 2014. Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) Photo: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image JE1_2652

Jolyon Palmer remains on course to emulate Lewis Hamilton in becoming GP2 champion, after taking second place in front of his home fans at Silverstone on Saturday.

The Southwater driver’s sixth podium finish of the season allowed him to extend his championship lead over Felipe Nasr to 45 points.

Palmer, Raffaele Marciello and Mitch Evans all held pole throughout the race with the latter just holding off a late Palmer attack to clinch the victory, denying the British driver his first win at Silverstone.

Palmer said: “To be honest, I’m gutted not to win, because I really thought that was in the bag. But I’m pleased, with the French DAMS squad we did a good job, maybe we should have won the race but in the end I’m happy with second.”

Palmer started from second position on the prime tyres, and was able to hold his position into the first corner. He lost track position to Evans into the second corner, but quickly got back on line to maintain third place.

Fastest times in the opening two sectors of the next lap allowed Palmer to draw clear of Nasr and apply pressure on second-placed Evans to retake second.

Palmer took the lead when Marciello pitted at the end of lap ten, but Evans came through to take victory after Palmer pitted at the end of lap 19 to finish less than five seconds behind the winner.