Palmer admits Renault expectations low

By on Thursday, March 17, 2016
Renault Sport

Renault Sport

Formula 1 rookie Jolyon Palmer has admitted that Renault's expectations are low as it prepares for its full-time comeback into the sport at this weekend's Australian Grand Prix.

Renault has taken over the Lotus operation to lead a Formula 1 team for the first time since 2010, with Palmer retained as a driver, having originally been signed by the outfit in its previous guise.

Palmer had already expressed frustrations over his disrupted pre-season testing programme and now accepts that the ambition is to be in the top 10 later in the season.

"Taking over from Lotus there were a lot of difficulties over the winter, everything was a little bit late," he said.

"The expectations are pretty low and this year is just about building a foundation.

"So I think we need to build a solid base and the team has a lot of potential to move forward in the next few years.

"I think for us it’s definitely a goal for us to be in the points at some point in the season.

"I think that if we can start off with a solid base this weekend then I think we’ve got good potential to improve over the course of the season and so definitely, we hope to be in the points."

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