Jolyon Palmer: “My focus is certainly on the races”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Jolyon Palmer is ready for his first Mexican Grand Prix this weekend, although he has previous experience of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez having competed in free practice last season while Lotus reserve driver.

The current Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver feels the Mexican track has a nice feel, and is ready to attack this weekend and secure what would be only his second points finish of the season.

“I drove it in FP1 last year and it was very slippery as the surface was new and it’s a cool track with a really nice feel to it,” said Palmer. “It’s always fun to go to a new circuit, which was the case last year.

“It’s got a particularly distinct character with the stadium section near the end of the lap, there’s quite a few fast corners; it’s a good layout.

“Last year the event was all about the crowd; there were so many people and they were so enthusiastic. On the grid in Mexico was one of the most memorable moments of last season; that and driving through the stadium section – even in FP1.”

With a lot of focus on 2017 driver movements in recent weeks and with only one seat remaining vacant at Renault following the appointment of Nico Hülkenberg, Palmer wants to allow his driving to do the talking, and is aiming for three strong performances across the remaining three events.

“[I want to] Just get my talking done on track,” said Palmer. “I feel I’m getting better all the time and I’ll be pushing hard at every turn. I’m happy with the car and the team and I feel in a good place so there’s no reason why I shouldn’t put in strong performances over the next races.

“My focus is certainly on the races. I want to do a mega race in Mexico and get the appreciation and everything else which goes with that.”