Palmer ‘really confident’ of a better 2017

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Having secured a second season with Renault, Jolyon
Palmer believes last year’s “difficult times” will stand him in
good stead this season.

Last season, with just one point to his name, Palmer’s place on
the Formula 1 grid was on the line.

The situation appeared dire when Renault signed Nico Hulkenberg
to the fold, however, instead of Palmer losing his seat, it was
Kevin Magnussen who left the team.

Preparing for his second season in F1, Palmer is hoping that
last year’s trials will stand him in good stead.

“I feel like it’s completely different sat here now,” the Brit
said in an interview with Renault.

“I honestly think you learn more in the difficult times. And
really, last year there were times where I had to pull myself

“The year started quite difficult and I had to regroup and get
my head straight for doing what I could the rest of the

“And having come through that, now I’m sat here with that
experience which a lot of drivers don’t have.

“You’re on the back foot and in a fight for survival. 

“I’ve come through that and now hopefully we are going to have
a much stronger year, and I know I can dig deep and when the
pressure’s on, shine through.”

As such, Palmer says he is feeling confident about the season

“I’m really confident that it will be a much better season,” he
said. “I haven’t got a lot of doubt about it.

“I know what to expect, I know how it works and I’ve got a good
relationship with the management here.

“I feel like hopefully we’re set up for the future as a team

“Last year was Renault’s first year back, no-one knew really
what to expect, the pressure was big on both drivers. And this
year everything just feels a bit more comfortable.”

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