Palmer eager to bounce back from Bahrain DNS in China

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Jolyon Palmer heads to next weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix keen to make up for his non-start in Bahrain last Sunday.

Palmer impressed on his F1 debut in Australia last month by finishing 11th, and had hoped to follow this up with his first points in Bahrain.

The Briton was due to start the race 19th, but failed to make the grid after a hydraulic issue arose on his car during the formation lap.

Palmer was forced to bring his car into the pits and park up as the rest of the pack waited for the lights, much to the frustration of the rookie.

“I was pretty gutted! You complete the entire race weekend, all the practice sessions, qualifying, all the debriefs and all that work for a race and to miss even the race start is really frustrating,” Palmer said.

“The thing about a grand prix is that there’s only one race on the weekend, whereas in every other series I’ve contested there is more than one race. So if you have a problem, that’s it – game over. To be packing up before you’ve seen the lights go off is disappointing.”

Palmer is happy with how Renault has started the season despite not scoring any points, with the issues that cropped up in Bahrain set to be fixed in time for next weekend’s race in China.

“Australia was a really good way to kick off the year and we were a little bit ahead of where we thought we’d be so all the pre-season preparation had paid off well,” Palmer said.

“Bahrain was more challenging as it was a weekend where nothing really clicked but overall the feeling within the team is great. There were a few minor issues, which meant we weren’t able to optimise performance but we should have it all addressed for China.

“The car has a well-balanced baseline and all we need is a little bit more performance. This is exactly what we have coming in the future, so everything’s good.”

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 1:30am ET on April 17.