Jolyon Palmer: “I am really looking forward to Friday”


Jolyon Palmer is looking forward to the Australian Grand Prix this weekend with Renault Sport Formula 1 Team for his rookie Formula 1 season.

In 2014, the Brit claimed the GP2 Series title for DAMS, breaking the record for the most points scored in a season, and becoming the first Briton since Lewis Hamilton to win the F1 feeder series. Palmer’s 2015 season consisted of a third and reserve driver role with Lotus F1 Team, completing numerous Friday practices for the Enstone outfit in place of Romain Grosjean.

Palmer is looking forward to this weekend when F1 returns to Melbourne for the season-opener, and believes it will be busy for Renault in Australia but feels he is in an OK position.

“I am really looking forward to Friday when the 22 cars are out on track pounding round,” said Palmer. “I think everything will be ready. We always keep working on performance but when it comes to a race weekend you give it your all to achieve a good result. It will be busy for us in the race but I feel I’m in an OK position right now.

“I was unlucky in that every day I picked up a problem, which has cost us a few hours. It’s not what you want when you’re a rookie, but all the same I have done a reasonable amount of laps and Kevin has had four very good days so we have been able to gather a lot of information on the car.”