Jolyon Palmer will be allowed to race this weekend, despite not talking part in qualifying for the Mexican Grand Prix.
The Renault driver was withdrawn from qualifying after he hit a kerb in practice which cracked that chassis. A change of chassis was needed, but the gap between FP3 and qualifying was too small for it to be completed, which meant the British driver couldn’t set a lap time.
A communication from the stewards confirmed he will be entitled to start the race:
“The Stewards have received a request from Renault Sport F1 Team to allow car 30 to start the race despite not setting a time in qualifying. In accordance with Article 35.1 of the FIA Formula One Sporting Regulations, the Stewards grant permission for car 30 Jolyon Palmer to start the race as the driver has set satisfactory times in practice at this Event.”
Despite the unfortunate events of the morning session, Palmer is upbeat this weekend after a strong showing in the practice sessions, “Unfortunately I had to sit out qualifying which was really frustrating as we looked pretty good in FP3 and I’ve been feeling happy with the car. I ran wide and straddled the kerb in the last corner during FP3.
“I felt a bump, but it didn’t feel like it was a big one, so I was surprised when we discovered the chassis was broken. Q2 was definitely on the cards today. We’re going to have to go all out to get points tomorrow.”