Renault driver Jolyon Palmer says he is “pumped-up” and aiming for a “strong” result in the Spanish Grand Prix this weekend.
The former GP2 champion has had a tough baptism since making his Formula One debut, but after the floor on his RS16 was changed in Russia, was happier with the balance - reporting it felt “more normal and consistent again” - and is keen now to show what he can do in Barcelona.
“A strong, solid weekend would be nice,” Palmer said. “We've made progress with the car and I'm happy with the balance and how it drives again. Kevin [Magnussen] scored points for the team in Russia so we know what's possible.
“It's the first race in Europe and at a track we all know really well. I'm pretty pumped-up for a strong weekend.”
Asked what he thinks of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, he added: “I've been there many times and it's a track that most Formula 1 drivers know extremely well, even just from the pre-season testing we've already done there this year.
“From a driving point of view we know exactly what to expect, however it's traditionally the first circuit where you see a lot of updates brought so you can see some differences in relative competitiveness depending on who's got updates, and how well those updates work."
“I had a double podium there in 2014 with two second places in the GP2 Series with some good overtakes in two fun races there. It's not been a circuit that's been especially kind to me, but it's a good challenge and one I enjoy,” he continued.
“The weather's [usually] nice [too], the atmosphere's always good and it's just a very happening place with great culture. There's also strong enthusiasm for Formula 1.”