A luckless British Grand Prix for Jolyon Palmer means he has extra grit to seek a change of fortune on the technical Budapest circuit.
What are your thoughts on the Hungaroring?
I really like Budapest; it brings up some good memories, such as when I won there in the GP2 Series in 2013. The track is different in nature to many others in terms of having a lot of slow-speed corners. Once you brake for the first turn, you don’t get much of a breather until you’re back round again and onto the straight. The entire circuit flows together and makes for an exciting lap. There is little room for error in terms of braking and turning points – everything has to go smoothly. It’s difficult to overtake there and it’s important to find a good rhythm. It’s fun to drive a lap and it’s usually good for racing, so hopefully I can have a change of luck and finally get some points.
How are you going to find that change of luck?
I have burnt the unlucky underpants, so they are now out of the way! I’m not superstitious, but you have to say this run of bad luck has to end.
What were the positives from Silverstone?
The big negative was obviously not being able to start the race. That was unbelievably frustrating, especially as it was my home grand prix and I had a lot of support. I couldn’t believe it. But, on the positive side, there were certainly a couple of good things from Silverstone. My qualifying pace was decent and I managed my second-best run of the season. I drove with the new floor in FP1 and it worked nicely, meaning I’m happy to have it for Budapest. Nico [Hülkenberg] showed the benefit of the floor across the weekend with his strong qualifying and race pace. It’s exciting for the team, as we looked competitive and ahead of our midfield rivals. That’s all I hope for in Hungary.
"I have burnt the unlucky underpants, so they are now out of the way! I’m not superstitious, but you have to say this run of bad luck has to end." Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Formula One Team Driver