Joyon climbs on Monza podium

JPCT-Jolyon Palmer celebrates at Monza
JPCT-Jolyon Palmer celebrates at Monza

Jolyon Palmer recorded his third podium of the GP season with a third place finish at Monza on Sunday.

Jolyon, from Southwater, has won at Monza twice before, during his days in Formula 2.

And he followed that up with a seventh place finish in the feature race, before a thid place in Sunday’s shorter sprint race - his third podium of the year, following a win at Monaco and a top-three finish at Silverstone in the F1 feeder series.

In the feature race, the 21-year-old from Southwater, began in a lowly 15th place, but got off to a flying start and by the end of the first lap, had gained five places.

One daredevil move saw Palmer side by side with Esteban Gutierrez in the 180mph Curve Grande before he darted up the inside at the next chicane.

In the closing stages, Jolyon was up to seventh but found his progress checked by Davide Valsecchi having gained a total of eight places.

“That was a great race!” He declared. “I got a good start and made a few positions and then was running ninth. I lost a place to Gutierrez when I rejoined after the pit stops but then after following him for several laps I managed to pass him after a fraught battle. From then on I caught Valsecchi but couldn’t pass him.”

For Sunday’s Sprint Race, Jolyon started from the front row due to the championship’s reverse grid system but made a slow getaway as the lights went out to lie fourth in the early stages. He quickly regained his podium spot though with a great move around the outside of Stefano Coletti.

Palmer said: “For the first half of the race I had good pace and was running comfortably behind the leaders. Then the pace started dropping and I came under pressure . I defended hard and was happy to hold on to the podium in the end.”