26 June 2016
F1 Austrian Grand Prix: Palmer staying positive after Baku
Jolyon Palmer says he is looking forward to getting back on track at a circuit he feels will better suit Renault's recalcitrant RS16 after a couple of tough F1 weekends for the regie.
Renault F1 rookie Jolyon Palmer is determined to shrug off the frustration of the recent European Grand Prix and get back on with the task of landing his first top flight points in Austria next weekend.
The Baku event was something of a disaster on paper for the regie, with Palmer and team-mate Kevin Magnussen occupying the back row of the grid after struggling for pace on the quirky street circuit, and only managing 14th and 15th in a race where it expected greater attrition and planned its strategy accordingly. The Briton, however, insists that there were good reasons for the disappointment and that both he and the team can bounce back at the Red Bull Ring next week.
"Actually, I feel very positive about the overall Baku weekend, even though I don't have a lot to show for it!" he claimed, "The yellow flags in qualifying cost us a lot and then I made some mistakes in the race.
"The crux of my problems came in turn one: I got a good start, but then locked up and flat-spotted the tyres under braking for the corner. This meant I had to do another pit-stop, without which I think we could have been a bit higher up and ahead of both Haas cars."
While Baku offered a long, high-speed straight to go with some tight and twisting corners, the Red Bull Ring will be a different prospect and Palmer is hopeful that the RS16 will respond accordingly after a tough few races.
"On the whole, the car was okay [in Baku] and we are making progress," he insisted, "We were not that competitive [in Azerbaijan], but we should be more on it in Austria, which is a faster circuit and should suit our car a lot better.
"There are some bumpy zones and some overtaking possibilities, such as turn one and turn two, and there are some fast corners as well, including the second-last corner, which is pretty quick, and the last corner, which has a bit of camber so you need to carry the speed through. I raced there in 2014 in GP2 and drove in FP1 last year, and it's a lot more fun in an F1 car as there are more straight lines and the tyre deg is very low so we can be flat-out the whole race.
"It is quite a simple track, with just seven corners, but putting a good lap together is very important as the lap times are very close and any mistake can really hurt. I like that though, as the driver can make more of a difference."
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