Palmer: Renault will take a ‘good step next year’

Jolyon Palmer is confident that Renault will have a lot more success in Formula 1 next year.

Renault returned to Formula 1 under its own in this year after they took over Lotus, but struggled to have an impact throughout the season.

Despite this, Palmer pointed out that the French team, who finished in ninth place on the Constructors’ World Championship with just eight points, have been working hard to ensure they have a much better campaign next year.

“I think we will make a good step next year,” said Palmer. “This year, we knew at the start of the year that it would be tough.

“I think to be honest, we have done better than I expected, especially as the year has gone on, to get the most out of it.

“I think next year the focus has been on the new car for a long time and we have got good investment in the team and we have still got great people in the team to do a good job – hopefully we will be the team that makes the biggest step.”

In the recently concluded season, Palmer finished in 18th place on the standings, with his best performance coming at the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished in 10th place and claimed his only point of the season.

“I feel like I have improved a lot since day one in F1 – especially the start of the year,” he said. “Melbourne was a good race but early on if you look at what I was doing in the first six races, to what I was doing at the end, I improved.

“I was making some mistakes but as the year went on I was cutting out the mistakes too. So every qualifying I was in Q2 since Malaysia and generally doing a good clean race as well, so the improvement is pretty clear.

“It’s been an educational rookie year. Obviously a tough start and some mistakes on my side, and as the year has gone on it has got much better.”

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