Jolyon Palmer: “All I need to score points is a straightforward weekend”


Jolyon Palmer - RS17 - Russian GP 2017. Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver Jolyon Palmer is hoping for a much stronger weekend at the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix, after a calamitous time in Russia saw him out of the race before the first lap had even been completed.

“The outlook is good. We’ve seen what the R.S.17 is capable of and I know that all I need to score points is a straightforward weekend.

“Russia was really frustrating as I had a good car under me but I was out of the race by the second corner. That’s motor racing, but it’s still very frustrating.”

As with the majority of drivers, the Barcelona track is one the Brit knows well, and although the Enstone based squad will be receiving a bumper upgrade package this weekend, so will many of the other F1 teams, which Palmer is aware can sometimes counter any performance gains they may bring.

“I’ve been there many times and it’s a track that most Formula 1 drivers know extremely well, even just from the pre-season testing we do there.

“From a driving point of view we know exactly what to expect, however it’s traditionally the first circuit where you see a lot of updates brought so you can see some differences in relative competitiveness depending on who’s got updates, and how well those updates work.”

Palmer is looking forward to the physicality of the Barcelona track, and expects it to be an exciting race on Sunday.

“The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has a couple of corners that really take my fancy: turn three’s a really long, fast one, and then turn nine as well is a really good one; it’s quick and it’s blind to the exit so you really have to commit.

“It’s certainly one of the more physical circuits as there are a lot of long, fast corners, lots of high lateral G’s that put your neck and your core under strain.

“For the long corners, the aero is really important, and with the DRS on the straight and the tyre degradation we see there, there’s potential for a good race.”

One of the Brit’s overriding memories of racing here in Spain, is when he bagged a podium in both races during the GP2 Series back in 2014.

“I had a double podium in 2014 with two second places in the GP2 Series with some good overtakes in two fun races there.

“It’s not been a circuit that’s been especially kind to me, but it’s a good challenge and one I enjoy.”

Having had a disrupted weekend in Russia last time out with a number of technical issues in practice, before he was removed from the race early doors; Palmer is hoping for a problem free weekend in Spain, which will allow him to up his game and show what the RS17 is truly capable of.