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Like Felipe Nasr, Lotus’ Jolyon Palmer Will Justify Place in Formula 1 in 2016

At this stage in 2014, a struggling Formula One team took a gamble on a young, moderately successful but unproven GP2 driver. The team could have waited until the end of silly season for more established, experienced and, indeed, better options to become available, buying themselves time before choosing the ideal partner for their unreliable and unconvincing lead driver. But in the knowledge they needed the money, and they needed it immediately, they simply couldn't afford that luxury, so a once-respected team—an academy for some of the most talented, successful drivers of the modern era—fell into the arms of a human question mark. That team, of course, were Sauber, and their unexpected signing of Felipe Nasr for the ...

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