Palmer targets going one better in Montreal

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Jolyon Palmer secured a season best eleventh place finish in Monaco last weekend and is looking to go at least one better and a points-scoring finish in Canada.

With results which have fallen well short of expectations this season, and a relative performance well under that of team mate Nico Hulkenberg, many believe the 26-year-old Brit is now on life support at Renault.

In the face of uncertain times, Palmer's is resolute on keeping his head down and working to snap himself out a persistent slump.

Montreal, albeit a tricky circuit to navigate, will hopefully help the depressed Renault driver's cause.

"I raced there for the first time last year, it is a street circuit again but a different one compared to Monaco, as there are more opportunities to overtake," Palmer said in the team's preview.

"The weather is a question mark as there have been many wet races there in the past. I enjoyed it last year, even though my race was rather curtailed for reasons outside my control.

"We should be a good chunk more competitive this time around. We’ll do everything we can to maximise the car around the track and we’ll be pushing all the way as usual."

The Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with its sweeping high-speed sections linked by chicanes, is all about power and brakes. But like Monaco, there is zero margin for error.

"It is a fun track with lots of sequences, we need to prepare for the exits of the corners and get ready for the long straights.

"Then there is the ‘Wall of Champions’, where you can win or lose a lot of time, or hit the wall as well.

"Monaco is good practice I think, we had a strong race there and hopefully we can build on the confidence.

"It will be a similar story to Monaco in terms of the new cars, with width and wider rear tyres making things tricky.

"You are right up against the walls in a lot of corners in Canada, and it will be even tighter and narrower with these cars!"


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