Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul has reaffirmed the team is fully committed to helping Jolyon Palmer rediscover his form after a frustrating start to the 2017 season.
After a strong finish to his first season in 2016, Palmer looked to have found his feet in Formula 1, regularly beating former team-mate Kevin Magnussen in the latter half of the season.
Unfortunately, the Briton has not had the opportunity to carry that form into 2017, with technical issues causing missed track time and an unpredictable setup window for the RS17, it has been difficult to complete a smooth race weekend.
When asked by Motorsport.com if there was any explanation for the decline in form, Abiteboul replied: “No. I think during the weekend, he had on occasion glimpses of a good performing package overall.
“A combination of the car, the set-up, the balance and himself driving we could see that and again in particular in qualifying.
“But I think it’s in general on Saturday, that’s the issue, we put the car on the Tarmac, it immediately works and some of the times you put it on the Tarmac and it doesn’t work and you have not changed a lot.
“On Saturday, he was not happy in the morning. Going into qualifying it was not better and on Sunday it didn’t improve. We have to look into that – we are committed to make this work.
“But you know – that’s five races into the season, so we also have more statistics to understand what is working and what is not working.”
Palmer mentioned he felt good in latter stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, but is keen to get his head down with the next race around the streets of Monte Carlo.
“I wasn’t able to get the pace out of the car when it was needed, however, we were going better on the final set of tyres,” Palmer said.
“My job now is to sit down with my engineers and analyse the race while we also have a good look at the car too. I’m determined that we will do better in Monaco.”