Formula One: Palmer bemoans qualifying woe

Assessing his car's performance, Jolyon Palmer said: "The brakes are terrible, the balance is pretty horrible and the traction is terrible."

The start of a new season in any sport typically brings plenty of optimism and positivity from all involved, but Renault driver Jolyon Palmer was anything but buoyant after a miserable qualifying session at the Australian Grand Prix.

Palmer will start the first race of 2017 from the back of the grid, having endured a torrid time throughout practice and qualifying in Melbourne.

In an interview with Sky Sports, the Briton made his frustration clear.

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"I had a fuel surge on the first run. Second lap was the first of the whole weekend on low fuel and ultrasofts and the car felt awful. Yesterday [Friday] I crashed but the car felt good. Today was a disaster." said Palmer.

"I'm a second off what I did on my second lap of FP1. The brakes are terrible, the balance is pretty horrible and the traction is terrible.

Asked if it will be a long race on Sunday, Palmer replied: "Oh, yep!"

However, he adopted a more measured tone in a subsequent video released by his team - accepting his share of the blame following his crash on Friday.

Palmer said: "It's been a tough weekend, I have to say - a lot of things not going my way. The guys in the garage have done a great job, because it's not been easy.

"I apologise for putting it in the wall on Friday, it's never good and we did a lot of set-up changes today as well, so they've been pretty flat-out and they've done a good job.

"We're currently looking at what's up because obviously qualifying is a complete disaster really, all round, my side and on the car as well. We'll find it, we'll investigate, see what's going to happen and try and have a good race."

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