It hasn’t been the easiest of seasons for the Renault team, especially their young rookie driver, Jolyon Palmer. It seems like everything that can go wrong in a race weekend, has gone wrong for the young Brit, but he remains hopeful that with each race comes fresh opportunity to finally show his talents in this highly competitive sport.
Now, on the eve of back to back Asian races, Jolyon looks forward to staying in the heat and humidity of the the Malaysian Grand Prix this weekend before moving on to Japan next weekend...
Jolyon, what are your thoughts about Malaysia?
It’s hot and humid just like Singapore! It’s a nice place to visit and Sepang Circuit is modern. It’s nice and flowing with a couple of long straights, some fast corners and there are big braking zones. A strong finish was not possible on the streets of Singapore so I’m pumped up for this coming race and determined to gun for points.
You were a bit frustrated after your race in Singapore?
Yes! It was a weekend which didn’t run the smoothest over my side of the garage yet it was clear there was potential. My race was undone on the first lap when I wasn’t able to make a good start with some of the action occurring in front of me and then I got a slow puncture, most likely because of the broken parts from the cars ahead. After that it was damage limitation really as the early pit stop put us out of sequence and meant we had to stretch the tyre performance; there was no way back to a good result basically! I was frustrated as we knew there was scope for more all weekend and we saw that from Kevin. I would have been far happier for myself and the team if we’d both had good results; let’s hope for that in Sepang.
What’s your history in Malaysia?
I raced in Sepang twice when I was in GP2 but for various reasons at the time I didn’t have any memorable finishes, although one year I came up to ninth from the back of the grid. There’s some good overtaking opportunities at this circuit and hopefully this experience will be useful for me this year!
Have you seen much of Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur in the past?
I’ve been lucky enough to see a bit of it; we don’t always have time to see the places we visit much because we have busy schedules. Kuala Lumpur is a really nice city to explore and downtown you can visit the very modern areas with the big famous towers and then you have the more traditional areas and the markets. The city’s got a great vibe.
What have you been up to since Singapore?
I went to Sri Lanka for a few days and then flew back to the UK. Malaysia is another fly away race with a big time difference so I like to get there nice and early to adapt to the time zone and to the climate to be fit and ready for the race weekend.