it has been announced today that Lotus Reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will be given two more chances to impress the Lotus Formula 1 team over the Spanish Grand Prix and at the subsequent test after the Grand Prix this weekend.
After performing strongly in first practice ahead of the Chinese and Bahrain GPs, Palmer will also drive in free practice one ahead of this weekend’s first European round at Barcelona in Spain which is where he had made his Lotus debut in winter testing.
Palmer so far has deputised for Romain Grosjean in both appearances to date and the 24-year-old reigning GP2 champion has so far fared well alongside his more experienced team-mate Pastor Maldonado. In Bahrain, Palmer was just over four tenths of a second behind Maldonado at the end of the 90-minute session.
After the Grand prix, Lotus’s third and reserve driver will take to the wheel again next Wednesday on the second day of a two-day in-season test at the circuit. In his interview with the media today, Palmer is clearly delighted to be back in the car for Barcelona and is looking forward to the weekend. Palmer stated the following:-
‘I am really pleased to be back in the car for Barcelona. It is nice to be back at the track, having already driven the car there in the official pre-season test back in February. After a three-week gap since Bahrain, I’m already looking forward to starting the weekend.’
Overall, Palmer certainly has done enough to gain yet another opportunity to drive for Lotus in Barcelona this weekend in FP1 and also in the post Grand Prix test on Wednesday. With Palmer having already raced on the circuit in junior formulae; this will only boost and motivate his confidence while also being able to get the car set up to meet the demands of the track too.
I will be watching the performance of Palmer this weekend and also next week at the post Grand Prix test as I do feel that Palmer is showing why he was signed with Lotus in the first place and also that if he managed to get a race seat in F1; he would do extremely well. I wish him the very best of luck.