Palmer ready to give his all at Silverstone

Date published: July 7 2016

With only a one-year contract in place, Jolyon Palmer says he will give his all at this weekend’s British GP as it could be his first, and last, home race.

The Renault driver is one of just five drivers who have yet to get on the board this season.

To date Palmer’s best result was his P11 at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

The 25-year-old, though, is hoping to change that this weekend as he races in his home grand prix for the first, and possibly the last, time.

“I have a one-year contract, so I definitely need to enjoy some of the places I go to because this could be my one and only British Grand Prix,” he told PA Sport.

“I hope it is not and I am 100 per cent focused on making sure this is not my only British Grand Prix, but if it is my only one, it is because I am not doing a very good job.”

Palmer brushed aside concerns that he could lose his place to reserve driver Esteban Ocon with those rumours surfacing as early as round two of the championship.

And although he says rumours like that are not nice, he reckons if he does a good job then he does not have to worry.

“That was pretty crappy,” he said of the rumours.

“I did the Melbourne race, out-qualified my team-mate Kevin Magnussen, out-raced him, and nearly got in the points in a car that shouldn’t have been in the points.

“I went to Bahrain, where I qualified a couple of tenths off Kevin, and I didn’t even start the race as I had a problem. Then I read that Renault were unhappy with me.

“To be honest the rumours are completely unfounded. It’s not nice to see but I know myself that the story’s rubbish, and it is not going to affect the Renault bosses’ decision as whether I get the drive next year or not.

“I’m not worried because if I do a good job then I want them to think I’m the right choice, and if I don’t then so be it, I’ve had the chance anyway.”