Palmer found out? Ocon waiting


Friday tester Sergey Sirotkin was quicker than Renault’s rookie British driver Jolyon Palmer  at Sochi, and it will now be reserve driver Esteban Ocon’s turn at the wheel of the banana car in practice for the forthcoming Spanish grand prix.

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Palmer was always considered at best, a solid driver in the lower formulae despite his GP2 championship win, albeit in the best car/team by far and only in his fourth season in the series. After a bright start in Australia Jolyon’s race in China was poor, although it seems his Renault had a suspect floor which was since changed for Russia thus improving his mysterious handling issues.

“First of all I want to note that, compared with Friday, when he had problems, he made significant progress,” Renault team boss Frédéric Vasseur said post race in Russia.

“In the race he showed good pace. After the incident with Carlos Sainz it was more difficult, but he did the job. The team should have more stable race weekends if we want to achieve better results,” Frenchman Vasseur added.

The highly rated Ocon could well show Palmer up should he impress in Spain, potentially returning those question marks over the Brit’s abilities who clearly has had a leg up in motorsport from his father’s fortune and influence.

10 responses to “Palmer found out? Ocon waiting

    • Sorry, I can’t find them – even tried to search them on a desktop instead of the iPhone.

    • Ahhh, Saward envy here……
      You’ve been reading Autosport forums and all the sad life’s who pop up the old ‘I’ve been banned from Saward’s blog’.

      • Ha, we’ve all here at TJ13 been blocked in one form or another smokin Joe.

        The rules are here to stop the children, I mean jury from using court room stationary on each other’s throats. Read comments last few weeks and you’ll get my drift

        • I’m not blocked there. I simple don’t go there. F*cking *sshole saward. Talking down to everyone who’s got a different opinions. F*ck him. Here we celebrate the difference of opinions. 👍

  1. oh well, if the “reserve” driver consistently out-performs their race driver then its up to the team to decide. I will be watching these 2 with renewed interest if you think a switch between the pair is possible! #:)

  2. I’ve been following Ocon for quite a while and rate him highly. I hope he gets a ride in F1 next year.

    With respect to Palmer and his “father’s fortune and influence” – well, it is what it is. Like Maldonado and his Petro-dollars, he might’ve gotten the opportunities, but that’s as far as it goes. He will either do the job, or not. If he doesn’t, and doesn’t for long enough, no money or influence will save him long-term. F1’s good like that.

    That being said, I don’t place Palmer in the same category as Maldonado, yet. KMag will be a great benchmark. Not sure an aged Barrichello was…

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