Palmer happy with Renault progress


Renault driver Jolyon Palmer claimed that the mood at the Enstone-based outfit have been uplifted after breaking their scoring drought.

Scoring his first point for Renault two weekends ago in Malaysia, the Brit reckons that the French Manufacturer can finish the season off strong and add to their eight-point tally, with Kevin Magnussen scoring the other seven-points.

With Austin up next on the F1 calendar, Palmer explained they will continue to show improvement and maybe even challenge Toro Rosso or McLaren.

“I think for the whole team everything’s been lifted because we’re now back in the points,” said the 25-year-old.

“Definitely, I think we made good progress.

“I think there’s a big change going on at Enstone, we’ve got lots more people coming in. The number of staff, I think, it’s going to be a 100 more than there were at the start of the year.

“And the factory is expanding as well, so there’s a lot of work going on there, good quality stuff as well. It takes time to really build it where we want, but you can see that that’s happening.

“And also I think we’re doing a good job with the race team, in understanding the car.

“It hasn’t changed in terms of new bits to make it get much quicker, it’s some little bits – but it’s more just us getting a good handle on it and working really well to move from a sort of Sauber zone to a Toro Rosso/McLaren zone.”