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Palmer out to roll Monaco momentum into Canada weekend

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Renault Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer is keen to roll the momentum gained over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend into next Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix as he chases his first points of the season.

Palmer made his F1 debut with Renault in 2016 and scored one point through his rookie campaign, but is yet to add to his haul through six rounds of the current campaign.

Palmer bounced back from a run of poor form to finish 11th in Monaco – just one place off his first point of the year – and took heart from his best result of the season so far.

“It is pretty hard to overtake in Monaco, so 11th from P16 was it, and just one second away from getting the first point of the year,” Palmer said.

“It felt much better than P11 and we can certainly take this momentum to Canada and aim for a strong weekend with a good result on Sunday.”

Next weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal will mark Palmer’s second visit to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with the Briton retiring from last year’s event due to a water leak.

“I enjoyed it last year, even though my race was rather curtailed for reasons outside my control. We should be a good chunk more competitive this time around,” Palmer said.

“We’ll do everything we can to maximize the car around the track and we’ll be pushing all the way as usual. In terms of the city, the place is really cool and one which genuinely embraces Formula 1.”

F1 2017 driver review: Lance Stroll

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Team: Williams

Car No.: 18
Races: 20
Wins: 0
Podiums: 1
Best Finish: P3 (Azerbaijan)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 40
Championship Position: 13th

Lance Stroll’s arrival in Formula 1 at the start of the 2017 was a far from smooth one despite a significant private testing program being undertaken in the months leading up to his grand prix debut.

Even with older hand Felipe Massa at Williams, Stroll looked uneasy behind the wheel of the FW40 car through the opening run of races as he failed to reach the checkered flag in any of his first three starts.

The Canadian was left deflated after his first decent effort in Bahrain was cut short after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr., calling it his “rock bottom” moment – but things would turn around on home soil.

Stroll produced a stunning fight through the field to take an excellent P9 in Canada, proving his talent seen in Formula 3 the previous year and shushing many of his critics.

Better would follow two weeks later in Baku when Stroll became the youngest rookie in F1 history to score a podium, dodging a crazy race to finish third. It would have been second had he not lost a drag race against Valtteri Bottas to the line.

Stroll’s form then fluctuated greatly. He was sublime on occasion, the best examples being Monza, when he started a remarkable P2 on the grid and ended as the top midfielder in P7, or Mexico where he took a brilliant sixth.

But there were too many weekends he was a little anonymous. Sure, Williams didn’t have the best car this year, but perhaps a little better was expected from Stroll.

2018 will be an even bigger challenge as he looks to the lead the team when a new teammate arrives – and at only 19, it is a lot to handle. Nevertheless, there are positive signs to be found; you just need to look for them a little.

Season High: Taking a shock podium in Baku after dodging chaos in front.

Season Low: A poor opening two races in Australia and China.