Renault rookie Jolyon Palmer is optimistic that he can deliver his first Formula 1 points this weekend as he prepares to tackle the British Grand Prix for the first time.
Palmer secured 11th place on his debut in Australia, as well as progression to Q2, but has yet to repeat such a result since, having been eliminated from the first hurdle of qualifying across the past eight races.
Having out-raced Renault team-mate Kevin Magnussen at the preceding roudn in Austria, Palmer is confident that he can edge into the top 10 at Silverstone.
"I think for us we’ve been quite close," Palmer said of his attempts at making Q2
"In Montreal I was only 15 thousandths off [Romain Grosjean for] Q2, it was really close. Austria as well we were OK but then we had a red flag and struggled to get the last set of tyres on.
"We’re not far away. Hopefully this weekend we can find that last bit.
"Once you’re in Q2, you’re starting a few places higher, you’ve got more chance of scoring points.
"They’re the two aims: to get into Q2 and score some points."