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Grading Jolyon Palmer’s Start to Life in Formula 1

Having followed in the footsteps of Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Nico Hulkenberg and Romain Grosjean by winning the GP2 championship in 2014, there is little doubt that Jolyon Palmer is deserving of a chance in Formula One. Unable to find a race seat in the immediate aftermath of his success in F1's official feeder category, the British driver took the next-best option and secured a reserve-driver role at a mid-grid team, participating in a number of free-practice sessions for Lotus in 2015. When Grosjean ran out of patience with Lotus' financial struggles toward the end of last season and joined the new Haas team, Palmer—having raised a budget of £7 million, per the Telegraph's Daniel Johnson—was in the right place ...

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