Driver biography: Jolyon Palmer

Born in Horsham in 1991, Jolyon started out in karts, but was already racing cars at the age of 14 in the T Car championship - a saloon car series for drivers aged 14 to 17. In his first full year of competition in 2006, he scored 4 podiums and dominated the T Car Autumn Trophy with 4 wins in 6 races.

Jolyon Palmer wants to do his talking on the track but nevertheless we’ve got him to tell us a bit about his thoughts on Mexico, where he drove last year in FP1.

By going to the final in his first season, Jolyon Palmer is about to spend the night in curves Yas Marina ...

What is your motivation for the last year?

It's a nice feeling because everything is set for 2017 and I will continue with Renault Sport Formula One Team. I have every reason to conclude the year with a good result before working hard this winter and come back stronger than ever next year.

What do you think of Yas Marina?

I know the track very well to be completed a lot of laps in GP2. I had my first F1 test with Force India, then, alas, only a few loops in FP1 last year with Lotus F1 Team. It's a great track and a great place to end the season. The glamour and night driving are little more truly magical.

Chemical Brothers, Lionel Richie or Rhianna?

Lionel Richie, 'all night long'.

How were the conditions in Brazil?

It was extremely difficult! I left sixteenth, so there was a lot of projections before. We found ourselves at the  back of the pack for the second round after a pitstop. Visibility was really poor. I could not see. There was so much water on the hill leading to the pit straight that the car was aquaplaning all the time. The incidents were so many, it was a challenge to stay on track. It was a shame to crash into Kvyat, but it was too late when I saw him.

What are your thoughts for 2017?

I'm very happy to continue with the team, especially since it will be my third year at Enstone. I learned a lot this year and I think my second half of the season has been pretty solid. I love working with each member of the team and I am sure we will go far in the future

How would you rate your relationship with Kevin in 2016?

Kevin is a nice boy, an excellent driver and working with him is fun. We worked well together this year as soon as we knew it would attack to extract the maximum from the car. He will do great things at Haas and look forward to confront in his new colours next year.

What do you think of the team's duo for 2017?

I am obviously very happy for a good half! I long to know Nico as I have not yet had the opportunity. I have only heard positive about him and I trust the selection of the team for 2017 and later. He is a very hard worker and estimated pilot. We should form a nice duo. You are part of the team since 2015.

What differences have you seen this year?

This year, we really feel like a much bigger structure, while having the feeling of belonging to a much larger entity. The amount of resources and investment really feels. Renault returned to be at the forefront. One can really perceive the excitement as the plant that track, even if the season was difficult in terms of results. Everyone really gives everything to take full advantage of what we have, all laying the foundations for the future.

What are your plans for the offseason?

I loaded a few weeks to finish the year after Abu Dhabi. Then it will be Christmas at home and New Year in Thailand. Between all this, I have many planned workouts, but I cannot wait to enjoy a nice break after twenty-one races this year.

What can you say about the next car?

I have seen the model in the wind tunnel. She looks great! It will be beautiful and fast, for having driven the simulator. The new regulation is obviously the same for everyone and we will not know where we stand against our rivals before the track in Barcelona. However, the speeds are higher, the steering is harder and, I think, a beautiful sight awaits us in 2017.