Renault Sport F1 Team‘s Jolyon Palmer says he feels like a weight of his shoulders now after grabbing his first Formula 1 points of the season at Singapore and hope he can continue to push for more point finishes before the end of the season.
Palmer achieved his best F1 result to date last time out at the Marina Bay Street Circuit with a sixth place finish. After having a good start to the race and passing Mercedes AMG Petronas‘ Valtteri Bottas at turn 1 early on in the race, Palmer feels pleased that his streak of not scoring points has finally come to an end.
“Finally we had a smooth race which is ironic given what was going on with the safety cars and the tricky weather conditions.
“We made a good start, and the move on Bottas was fun; a lot happened in the two hours. It feels like a weight off the shoulders to get some points, I hope to push on now and get some more. I know I can do it.”
Looking forward ahead to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix, Palmer says he tends to perform well in humid races. This time last year, Palmer scored his first F1 point of his career with a tenth place finish.
“It’s always nice and warm there and I tend to do well in these humid races; Malaysia last year, Singapore this year so I’m looking forward to it.
“It’s a cool track with a good atmosphere to match. It’s a flowing circuit with some long straights, fast corners and hard braking zones.”
Palmer says that he feels confident that the car will perform this weekend with the latest updates and that he can score more points for the Enstone-based team this weekend.
“We have a bit of confidence going there. The car keeps getting better, I’m certainly improving too so we’ll aim to get another good result.”