Jolyon Palmer is set to take on his third chassis of the year in Canada after heavy damage to his Renault in a smash during the Monaco Grand Prix.
The British F1 rookie lost control of his Renault on the main straight in wet conditions which left Palmer helpless to stop his car hitting the inside barriers and sliding into a second impact at Sainte Devote.
After a thorough assessment of the damage, Renault has opted to give Palmer his third chassis of the season, after replacing his first one for the Spanish Grand Prix as the British driver struggled to get to grips with it.
"Kevin's incidents mainly damaged bolt-on parts whereas Jolyon's incident means we will use a new chassis – R.S.16-04 – for Montreal," Nick Chester, Renault technical director, said. "The car hit the barriers quite hard at an oblique angle which damaged the front of the chassis and since we have a new chassis available it makes sense to introduce it.
"Fortunately, 04 was pretty far along on its build so we only needed to complete fuel cell installation and wiring for it to be ready for Canada."
Palmer will be looking to make amends for his off in Monaco and is still hunting his first points in his rookie F1 campaign.
At Montreal the former GP2 Series champion will also receive the same upgraded power unit which team-mate Kevin Magnussen enjoyed in Monaco and is keen to put the package together to produce a positive result.
“I think it's easy to over-drive when you know the guy in the other car has got two-tenths on you without doing anything extra,” Palmer said after the Monaco Grand Prix. “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.”