Distracted Palmer ‘guilty of overdriving’

Date published: June 18 2017

Jolyon Palmer has conceded that he is prone to getting “distracted” and “overdriving” as he clings on to his seat at Renault.

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has warned that “nobody is safe” and urged Palmer to collect some points for the team as they have become too reliant on Nico Hulkenberg.

Palmer reckons his focus has drifted away from himself and toward the achievements of Hulkenberg, and that needs to change if he is to stay on with Renault.

I’ve got to drive the best I can drive and whatever happens on the other side, that’s another story really,” said Palmer.

“Nico is doing a really good job, he’s extremely quick, especially in qualifying. I’ve just got to be happy with the job I’m doing, which is to get the most I can out of the car.

“Previously, maybe I have been guilty of being too distracted and overdriving at times.  It’s just focusing on what I’m doing and not always looking at the other side of the garage.”

But Palmer also revealed that he is still at loss to explain why there is such a pace deficit between himself and Hulkenberg.