Palmer a 'passenger' in Monaco accident
31 May 2016 – Jolyon Palmer says he was merely a passenger as he crashed out of the Monaco Grand Prix when the first lap of green flag action got underway in treacherous conditions.
Palmer, who crashed twice across the free practice sessions, lost control of his Renault RS16 on a white line along the pit straight as racing began following several laps behind the Safety Car.
Palmer suffered a heavy impact with the barriers and his trajectory took him into a secondary collision with the wall at Sainte Devote, though he was able to walk away from the wreckage.
"The traction was appalling after the Safety Car and I got caught out," he explained.
"I had wheelspin in fifth gear on the white line that crosses the track. There was nothing I could do – I was just a passenger and went straight away into the wall.
"It's so difficult as we know that the white lines are slippery but they are everywhere.
"I'm disappointed as I love this track and it's been good for me in the past.
"Monaco hasn't been good to me this year so we need to move on to the next race and look for a better weekend."
Palmer's retirement was his first failure to finish in Formula 1 as he still chases a maiden point.