JOLYON Palmer is going back to the drawing board in his search for success in GP2.
The Southwater-raised driver scored a fine points finish in the Formula 1 feeder series in Barcelona at the weekend, but his car will be re-built by the iSport International team as they bid to solve an electrical problem, which ruled him out of the second of the weekend’s two races.
During Saturday’s Feature Race, the 21-year-old finished ninth to collect his second points finish of the season. He was perfectly placed to do the same in Sunday’s Sprint Race from his P9 grid slot but was unable to start the race when his car stopped at Turn 12 on the warm-up lap - the same problem which ended his involvement in the last two rounds Bahrain.
Commenting on his weekend Jolyon said: “In the first half of race one we struggled with front tyre wear and lost some more ground at the start. After the pit stop though we had good pace and I made a few moves to finish ninth overall. However, on the warm-up lap in race two we had the same electrical problem that we had during the last two weekends, so I didn’t get to start the race. To have not started three races out of eight so far this season says it all...I’m obviously very disappointed.”
Jolyon’s team have now taken major steps to solve the problem by having his car completely rebuilt before the next rounds of the F1 feeder series in Monaco.
iSport boss Paul Jackson said: “It’s been another difficult weekend with continuing electrical problems on Jolyon’s car, which have proved impossible to identify.
“The decision has now been taken to build a replacement car for Monaco around a different chassis and engine with all new electrical components. So the team has a busy week ahead.”