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Palmer looks to recover in China from ‘shocker’ Australian weekend

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Renault’s Jolyon Palmer scored his first and thus far only career point of his Formula 1 career at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit last year, a track similar in nature and design to one of Hermann Tilke’s earlier creations, the Shanghai International Circuit.

He’ll be hoping he’s back on form this weekend at Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix, after a nightmare start to his sophomore season in the 2017 Australian Grand Prix.

Palmer was frustrated and called his car “terrible” during the weekend, including after his pre-qualifying crash in second free practice. But the Englishman said heading into Shanghai he thinks the Renault Sport F1 Team has his chassis sorted and that he feels the team has more speed for this circuit.

“It’s a clean slate approach for me as Australia was a bit of a shocker,” Palmer said. “Fortunately the team were able to find the particular gremlin which affected me over the weekend so I’m heading to Shanghai as if it’s my first race of the season. Nico’s shown the race potential so let’s get out there and make points happen.”

After completing just 10 laps in Friday practice sessions at Melbourne, then qualifying on the back row and retiring, Palmer seeks a clean weekend when he has more time in the car.

“More time in the car is all that’s needed to lead to a much better weekend. It’s as simple as that,” he said.

“Albert Park was a really frustrating start to the season so I’m looking to get more laps on the board and more progress in the race.

“Obviously, there were many factors out of my hands in Australia, so the team’s checked over the car very carefully to ensure we don’t see a repeat of any of the same issues. From my side, I’ll be avoiding the walls very keenly too!”

Palmer was in the news over the weekend on a different note, for humorous reasons rather than angry ones.

He joined Jason Plato, David Coulthard and Rob Smedley in Silverstone’s April Fool’s gag that it planned to run races counter-clockwise at the Silverstone Circuit rather than clockwise.

We avoided April Fool’s content on its own, but this was a chance to see Palmer out of his serious element and having a laugh.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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