Jolyon Palmer feels he's playing catch-up after losing all but 15 minutes of his Friday's free practice time due to a tyre puncture and sitting out FP1 as Renault junior driver Esteban Ocon took his place.
The F1 rookie says he was only able to get a feel for his Renault on the track conditions after losing a vast amount of session time after he suffered a sudden left rear tyre puncture on the home straight.
Despite pulling up at the exit of turn one the loose tyre debris damaged the floor of his Renault car and after the repairs he had just a quarter of an hour left of the session.
As a result, Palmer – who has come under pressure in his maiden F1 campaign – admits he's got plenty to catch up with aiming to sort out the set-up on his car ahead of qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix.
“Sitting out FP1 is not ideal but at least it is at a track I know and Esteban can give good feedback but when he can't even drive it makes it harder, at least Kevin had a solid day of running so we will take what we can from him,” Palmer said. “That is why I think it is good that we at least got out for 15 minutes because it gives me a feel for the car and the track conditions. It was an important 15 minutes.
“After FP1 I was thinking the bad luck is out of the way but then after one lap I got a puncture so maybe not. Maybe after today the bad luck is out of the way. Tomorrow is a new day and track conditions are same for everyone. At least I have some laps now and I hope for a smooth day but we are on the back foot a bit.”