Palmer angered by track limits 'mess'

Sat Jul 9, 2016 3:31pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - A zero tolerance approach to drivers who go off track risks turning the British Grand Prix into "a mess" and penalties must be applied fairly, Renault rookie Jolyon Palmer said on Saturday.

Formula One drivers were warned in their Friday briefing that anyone who went off track with all four wheels at the Stowe, Copse and Club corners, where there was an advantage to be gained, would face stewards' action.

Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton was one of those who fell foul of the rules in qualifying, the Mercedes driver having his first quick lap deleted because he went fully over the white line at Copse.

"It’s rubbish for the fans because... Hamilton’s on (provisional) pole but then he gets the time deleted and then he was on the pole in the end anyway," said Palmer.

"It’s just confusing. I saw (Force India's Nico) Hulkenberg’s time in Q3 (the final phase) got changed after the session had finished," added the Briton.

"It’s a real problem I think because it makes it more confusing for fans and less enjoyable because you have to wait until it’s definitely been verified."

Palmer, yet to score a point in his first season, qualified 18th after having a lap deleted.

Danish team mate Kevin Magnussen, who appeared to exceed the limits without being punished, starts 16th.   Continued...

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Jolyon Palmer of Renault during practice
Reuters / Andrew Boyers