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Jolyon Palmer will savour British Grand Prix adventure

By Philip Duncan

Rookie Jolyon Palmer has admitted he is relishing the experience of what could be his first and last British Grand Prix.

Renault driver Palmer, the 25-year-old former GP2 champion, will take his Silverstone bow on Sunday, but with uncertainty surrounding his future beyond this season he knows it may be the only chance he gets to shine in front of his home crowd.

"I have a one-year contract, so I definitely need to enjoy some of the places I go to because this could be my one and only British Grand Prix," Palmer said.

"I hope it is not and I am focused on making sure it is not, but if it is my only one, it is because I am not doing a good job."

Palmer, the son of Jonathan Palmer, who made 83 grands prix starts in the 1980s, has endured a tough start to his F1 career in a Renault which has been well off the pace. But he will arrive at Silverstone having equalled his career-best finish after crossing the line 12th in Austria last Sunday.

And despite Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button boasting 61 victories and four World championships between them, Palmer has revealed he will not seek advice from his countrymen.

"I can't imagine JB would be too keen," added Palmer. "He's competition, so even though it looks as though he's nearing the end of his F1 career, he doesn't want to be nearing the end.

"I think everyone's so focused on beating each other, even Lewis, so you don't want to be giving anything away."

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