Jolyon Palmer says he isn't feeling 'under pressure' despite a troubled Monaco Grand Prix as the search for his first F1 points continues.
The former GP2 Series champion is in the midst of his rookie F1 season with the Renault, but has been comfortably out-performed by Kevin Magnussen in the opening six races and is yet to get on the scoreboard.
On a Monaco weekend that saw him suffer several incidents, not least in the race when he crashed at the start of the race and heavily damaged his car, Palmer insists he is not feeling pressure, even if he admits he is 'pushing too hard' early on in sessions.
“I don't feel under pressure, I'm trying to do the best job that I can and I've always really enjoyed driving around here,” he said. “I've probably been pushing a little bit too hard too soon in sessions and trying to make up through different corners where there's not enough to be gained really. “
With Renault struggling throughout the Monaco weekend, Palmer is hoping the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix – where he will receive the team's engine upgrade for the first time – will be more successful.
“I think it's easy to over driver when you know the guy in the other car has got two-tenths on you without doing anything extra, so maybe I've been pushing trying to find something else that's not in there. The good thing is the engine is clearly quick so Canada I think will make a big difference.”