Palmer: Regular points finishes not far off

Date published: March 27 2016

Jolyon Palmer reckons it won't be long before Renault are "consistently" fighting for points, they just need to beat their rivals in the development race.

The British rookie made a encouraging start to his Formula 1 career as he raced his RS.16 to 11th place at the Australian Grand Prix.

Despite missing out on the points in Melbourne, it was a good result for Renault who started the year on the back foot following the late buy-out of the Lotus F1 team.

With money now coming in to aid development, Palmer reckons it won't be long before the team is bagging regular top-ten finishes.

"I'm massively confident we can improve on such a performance," the former GP2 Champ told autosport.com.

"Before the season started we would probably have taken the whole weekend, with both cars reaching Q2 and just outside the points. It's a really good start.

"Considering the takeover was only completed before Christmas, and the money started flowing late, it meant production [of the car] was very, very late.

"But we have upgrades coming all the time, and I think we should be able to outdevelop quite a few of our rivals.

"On race-pace we are even more competitive than in qualifying, so it hopefully shouldn't be too long until we are fighting in the points consistently."