Jolyon Palmer: “It’s a totally different challenge from Monza”


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Jolyon Palmer believes the Singapore Grand Prix will be a better opportunity for a stronger result for Renault Sport Formula 1.

The Briton had a disappointing Italian Grand Prix after he had a lap two collision with Felipe Nasr. The damage sustained to the car was too much for Palmer to be able to continue the Grand Prix, leading to his fifth retirement of the 2016 Formula 1 season.

Palmer sees the Marina Bay Street Circuit as an unique event on the calendar with it taking place at night.

“I love Singapore and it’s a totally different challenge from Monza,” said Palmer. “It’s a street race with close walls taking place at night so it’s a unique event on the calendar. 

“It’s a better opportunity for a stronger result. It’s a cool feeling driving at night as you can see the circuit very clearly from the lights but your vision is channelled as the background is in darkness.

“We see the circuit change a lot over the weekend as the surface rubbers in then the climatic conditions are reasonably different between FP1 and FP2, then FP3 and qualifying so getting a good handle on the balance of the car gives us plenty of work as generally it’s cooler later in the night. It’s not a conventional weekend!”