Jolyon Palmer: “I’m confident I can hit the ground running”

by Gemma Bray

Jolyon Palmer is confident ahead of the 2017 Formula 1 Season, as he has valuable experience under his belt from his rookie campaign with Renault Sport Formula 1 Team.

The Briton will enter his third year with the Enstone based outfit, after joining them as a Third Driver in 2015 before the takeover of Lotus F1 Team. It was confirmed that he would be promoted to a race seat with Renault after Romain Grosjean confirmed he would be moving to Haas F1 Team. Palmer progressed well during the 2016 season which led to the decision to keep him for 2017, partnering Nico Hulkenberg who moves from Sahara Force India Formula 1 Team.

This time last year, Palmer didn’t know what to expect as he never contested a Grand Prix but twelve months on, he has 20 Grand Prix under his belt, he is confident that he can hit the ground running.

“I learnt a huge amount in 2016,” said Palmer. “This time last year I’d never contested a Grand Prix, I didn’t know what to expect and everything was new on so many levels.

“Twelve months on, I have 20 Grands Prix under my belt.  I know the team really well and Renault as a manufacturer so I start my year far ahead of where I began in 2016. I know what to expect from the season ahead and I’m confident I can hit the ground running. I should be better in every way. “

For 2017, changes are being made to the regulations, which means a revamp to the cars, for Palmer he is looking forward to seeing what changes these regulations might bring this season.

“Everything from the simulations has been positive,” added Palmer. “It’s much quicker, which is always fun.

“Then the new regs mean the pecking order can be mixed up as well; there’s a lot to look forward to. After a tough season in 2016 I think there’s a strong chance for us to make a good step forward.”

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