Jolyon Palmer: “It’s a track I know really well”


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Jolyon Palmer believes Abu Dhabi is a really nice place to finish the 2016 Formula 1 season, with the additional aspect of racing into the night.

The Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver had a disappointing Brazilian Grand Prix, after tricky weather conditions contributed to his retirement. Due to spray produced by Daniil Kvyat in front, Palmer struck the rear of the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver, and the damage that was sustained to Palmer’s front meant he was forced to retire.

Palmer admits it was a shame that this incident occurred, with him unable to see Kvyat until it was too late at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

“It was extremely difficult!” said Palmer. “Visibility was really poor and I couldn’t see a thing.

“We saw so many incidents as it was a real challenge to keep the car on track. It was a real shame that I hit Daniil Kvyat, but I couldn’t see him until it was too late.”

Knowing he will be returning to Formula 1 with Renault next season, the Briton has every incentive to bow out this year with a good result at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“It’s a track I know really well as I’ve done a lot of GP2 Series laps there,” added Palmer. “It’s a nice track and it’s a nice place to end the season.

“It’s a glamourous event with the additional aspect of racing into the night which is really atmospheric. I have every incentive to bow out this year with a good result, then work hard over the winter and come back next year stronger than ever.”