Jolyon Palmer hasn’t had an easy first year in Formula One so far. In a car that has struggled to put away Sauber’s and Manor’s in qualifying, Palmer has spent most of his rookie season at the back of the grid.
The trials and tribulations of racing with an uncompetitive car have left Palmer frustrated and upset during race weekends, often criticising the quality of the vehicle underneath him – something rookie drivers rarely do.
Still, Palmer seems more than happy to be a Formula One driver at last. In an interview with Sky Sports Palmer said: “I’m getting more happy with own performance […] feel like I’m on the way up”. While that feeling isn’t reflected in our Drivers Power Rankings, for Palmer even toiling away at the back of the F1 grid is a dream come true, but there are more dreams ahead.
“It is a dream come true, this is what I wanted to do but the new target is to get some points.”
Points may be a little optimistic for Palmer this season. Renault, in their first season back in Formula One, took over a lot of the problems from Lotus and were behind the 8 ball to a certain extent with this year’s performance.
While Palmer said that he wasn’t sure of a place with Renault next season, suggesting talks will take place during the summer break, he was very optimistic that Renault could be more competitive next season when the rule changes come into effect and shake the pack up.
Palmer still has a lot to prove in Formula One, and will need to do better in comparison to his team-mate Kevin Magnussen over the next few races if he wants to retain a seat next year, but he seems more than ready for the challenges to come.