GP2 Monza frustration for Jolyon


JOLYON Palmer slammed fellow driver Michael Herck after his bid for a first ever points finish in GP2.

In the final round of the F1 feeder series at Monza, Southwater’s Palmer was handily placed in the 30-lap feature race, but his drive was ended when he became caught up in a collision.

“I have no doubt a points finish was lost,” said a frustrated Jolyon after the race. “Herck broke stupidly late going into the first corner and smashed into a few cars. I made the corner but then had nowhere to go at Turn 2 as Josef Kral was broadside across the track and rolled backwards.”

Jolyon began the weekend promisingly, going 12th fastest of 26 drivers in the opening practice session on Friday before qualifying P11 for Saturday’s 30-lap feature race – marking a career best.

Having to start from the back for Sunday’s Sprint Race proved tough for Jolyon but the Arden International driver battled hard, gaining an impressive seven places during the closely fought final race to finish 19th.

He remarked: “I made up a few places on the first couple of laps, then had an off through the gravel at Lesmo 2 whilst trying to keep Davide Valsecchi behind me. From then on it was a long race just trying to catch the group in front.”