Jolyon Palmer: “The car is getting better every round”

Jolyon Palmer - Credit: Renault Sport Formula 1 Team

Jolyon Palmer hopes to be able to continue the positive momentum his Renault Sport Formula 1 Team has shown in recent races around the Autódromo José Carlos Pace this weekend.

The British driver had a strong race day in Mexico City last time out, finishing fourteenth from the back of the grid after missing qualifying, and feels that the team are heading in the right direction following a difficult return to the sport.

“I’m feeling good for Brazil as it should just carry on the good momentum that we’ve had in the second half the year,” said Palmer. “It was a shame not to qualify last time out as we could have shown even better improvement.

“One of my best grid spots was in prospect, but we made up for it in the race. The race pace has been good for a long time now; qualifying pace has been good too. We had some decent battles with the McLaren’s in Mexico, so I think we can be pretty confident going into Brazil.

“The car is getting better every round still, and I’m driving pretty well and getting more and more out of it, so I think that combined with the fact Brazil is a nice track, means I’m hopeful for a positive weekend.”

Palmer is hopeful of breaking into the top ten again before the end of the season, having only taken one point so far in his rookie campaign when he finished tenth in Malaysian Grand Prix.

“The season has gone so quickly,” said Palmer. “We just have to give it our all. I’d love to get another points finish before the year is out, so I will be pushing for that all the way for the final two races.”