Will Palmer: “It’s been an amazing weekend racing at Monaco”

Will Palmer took victory around the streets of Monaco on Saturday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Will Palmer took back the lead in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship standings after the two races in Monaco last weekend, with the Briton winning race one before finishing third in race two.

The R-ace GP driver came into the event trailing team-mate Robert Shwartzman by a point, but left nine points to the good, starting from pole position for the opener having comfortably set the best time in his qualifying group.

He started race two from the outside of the front row, but lost second to Shwartzman due to a small mistake on exit of the Swimming Pool complex on the opening lap, but was satisfied with his performance and with his results around the principality.

“It’s been an amazing weekend racing at Monaco,” said Palmer. “We were really fast throughout the weekend and we showed that in qualifying, topping my group by just over two tenths.

“For race one, I managed to hold the lead on lap one then, despite coming under some pressure early on, was able to take the win. It was an unbelievable feeling to be stood on top of the podium at such a legendary track!

“For Sunday, I held second off the line but unfortunately made a slight mistake pushing hard on the first lap which dropped me to third place where I finished, but it was still a strong result.

“The team did a great job this weekend as ever and we scored lots of points again, so we need to focus on keeping this up at Budapest in a month’s time.”