Entering the world of Formula 1 is very rarely easy for a driver regardless of the ability he may possess, and this was no different for Jolyon Palmer who evidently found the transition slightly tricky. His 11th place finish in the season opener showed real promise and gave Renault supporters reason to be optimistic about the upcoming months, however this was soon dashed as the car’s lack of pace and unreliability was revealed. Palmer was unable to start the following grand prix, one of six retirements throughout the year (the joint highest of the season) and he finished dead last in the ensuing Chinese Grand Prix. Jolyon himself wasn’t shy in bemoaning the car’s performance throughout the year on team radio clearly indicating his frustration.
However, more positive signs developed towards the end of the season. His first (and only) point of the season came in Kuala Lumpur and the last five qualifying sessions of the year saw Palmer get through to Q2 on four occasions, the one he didn’t was Mexico where he was unable to compete. Overall, a difficult rookie season, but the improvement he showed was enough to secure him another season at Renault. Now the pressure is really on going into year two. Expectations will only continue to rise and a highly competent teammate in Hulkenberg will bring serious competition.
Season Rating: BH – 5.5