Palmer: Points a weight off my shoulders
23 September 2017 – Renault's Jolyon Palmer says scoring points in Singapore was a "weight off the shoulders" and feels he can tackle the remaining six Grands Prix with renewed confidence.
Palmer has endured a difficult sophomore season in Formula 1 and entered the Singapore weekend without a point, having finished 11th on three occasions.
He also learned that he had lost his Renault seat for 2018, after the manufacturer opted to sign Carlos Sainz Jr. – on loan from Red Bull's stable – to partner Nico Hülkenberg.
However, Palmer bounced back by taking sixth position in Singapore to score his first points of the campaign, and his best result in Formula 1.
"It feels like a weight off the shoulders to get some points, I hope to push on now and get some more – I know I can do it," said Palmer.
"We have a bit of confidence going [to Malaysia next weekend].
"The car keeps getting better, I'm certainly improving too so we'll aim to get another good result."
Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul added that the manufacturer's performance in Singapore demonstrated that fifth position in the championship remains a realistic ambition.
"We have extra incentive to continue to push hard to ensure both cars are in the points in Malaysia," said Abiteboul.
"A positive we can take from Singapore is that we have moved up a position in the Constructors' Championship which means a step closer to our end of season goal of fifth place overall.
"Reliability remains our main focus, maximum effort and flawless execution is required by all in the remaining six races to achieve that target."
Renault, which holds seventh position, trails fifth-placed Williams by 17 points.
Renault also confirmed that Hülkenberg will take on his fourth power unit of the campaign in Malaysia next weekend, with the R.S.17 to feature updated rear bodywork.