It was a steep learning curve for Jolyon Palmer in his first season in Formula 1 in 2016. But having survived the experience and retained his Renault seat for a second year, Palmer is optimistic there are better things to come.
"I’m really confident that it will be a much better season," said the 26-year-old. "I haven’t got a lot of doubt about it."
"I feel like it’s completely different sat here now," he told Reuters.
" started quite difficult and I had to regroup," he explained. "I honestly think you learn more in the difficult times. And really, last year there were times where I had to pull myself together."
Palmer - who won the GP2 Series title in 2014 - believes that having gone through the tough experience last year will prove beneficial.
"Having come through that, now I’m sat here with that experience which a lot of drivers don’t have," he said.
"I’ve come through that and now hopefully we are going to have a much stronger year. I know I can dig deep and when the pressure’s on, shine through."
"Last year was Renault’s first year back, no-one knew really what to expect, the pressure was big on both drivers.
"This year everything just feels a bit more comfortable," he added. "I feel like hopefully we’re set up for the future as a team now."