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Jolyon Palmer’s Australian GP Display Proves He Won’t Be Renault’s No. 2 in 2016

"Around £250,000" was the price Jolyon Palmer paid for each of his 13 free-practice appearances over the course of the 2015 Formula One season, according to the Telegraph's Daniel Johnson.  When the British driver was announced as one of Renault's race drivers for 2016 last October, that £3.25 million—in addition to any extra funds he provided to initially join the team, then under the name of Lotus, as a reserve driver and then to secure his promotion to a full-time seat—seemed like money well spent. But come the end of pre-season testing, when Palmer's preparations for his first year as a grand prix driver were frequently interrupted by technical issues, all those FP1 appearances—the experience of d...

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