Jolyon Palmer “We should be a good chunk more competitive”


World © Octane Photographic Ltd. Renault Sport F1 Team RS16 – Jolyon Palmer. Thursday 26th May 2016, F1 Monaco GP Practice 1, Monaco, Monte Carlo - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

The 2016 Monaco Grand Prix is probably a weekend that Jolyon Palmer will want to forget, after crashing during every practice session, as well as bringing an abrupt end to his race with a visit into the barriers, sustaining extensive damage to the RS16.

The Brit has been to Enstone to get some further practice in the simulator ahead of the 2016 Canadian Grand Prix, and is hopeful of a more positive outcome this weekend.

“It’s a city which genuinely embraces Formula 1 coming to town so can’t wait to return.

“The track itself looks great with good overtaking opportunities. There has been good racing there in the past so it’s exciting to be headed for my first race there.

“I will get the B spec power unit for the first time. It looked like it made a good difference in Monaco and Canada is a more power-hungry circuit so if it was a positive step in Monaco it should certainly help our cause in Montréal.

“The new engine mapping certainly looks to have been beneficial and you need good traction in and out of the lower speed corners in Canada. It’s got more power too so everything is good in that regard!

“We’ll do everything we can to maximise the car around the track and we’ll be pushing all the way as usual!”

Palmer will get his first taste of the new specification Renault engine in Montreal, after Renault Sport F1 team-mate Kevin Magnussen ran with it in Monaco, and both drivers will be hoping to extract a further performance boost from the new power unit in Canada, allowing them to fight higher up the grid.