A SEASON IN REVIEW X - JOLYON PALMER
Well, here goes...
Best Moments of the Season
The Singapore Grand Prix. After a season of struggles, it must have been nice for Jolyon to finally secure some points. He also pulled off one of the manoeuvres of the season as he overtook the Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas. I may have wet myself at that point.
Worst Moments of the Season
There may be too many to list. Whilst it can't be described as one 'moment', his qualifying woes versus teammate Nico Hulkenberg were slightly embarrassing as he lost on every occasion. Particularly difficult weekends for Palmer include Australia, Monaco and Spain.
Targets for Next Year
It's unclear as to what Palmer's plans are for 2018. There were a few rumours about an Indycar drive but it appears as if this hasn't materialised. He does have experience in writing and commentating so he may turn to that.
There's no two ways about it, Palmer had a season from hell. This was partly down to a significant amount of bad luck, but mainly down to his own shortcomings. I will give credit to Jolson's attitude throughout the year, apart from a few interviews where he was clearly agitated, he kept his head up and carried on with a positive attitude.
It sounds horrible to say, as he does seem like a decent guy, but Palmer just wasn't good enough. No amount of bad luck can justify being that far behind a teammate and his performances probably cost Renault 5th place in the Constructors' Championship. Renault gave him ample time to improve, but it just wasn't to be, although I will say I wasn't impressed with the way that Renault dealt with replacing him. Finding out that you've been let go through a website is no way to handle a situation like that.