Father admits Jolyon Palmer eyeing Williams seat

  • Published on 18 Sep 2017 13:18
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  • By: Rob Veenstra

Jolyon Palmer's father has confirmed the 26-year-old is eyeing a switch to Williams for 2018. Renault driver Palmer admitted Singapore was a difficult weekend, as he tackled not only the news he is being dropped by the team but also rumours he might be replaced by Carlos Sainz as soon as Malaysia in two weeks.

But he then had a strong result in the race, insisting afterwards that he now has "six more races" to show another team that he should be signed for 2018. "I hope I can build on this confidence," he said. "Of course I want to stay in formula one, and there are other options. Whatever happens, happens."

Palmer's father, the UK racing circuit mogul Jonathan, is hawking his son's talents up and down the paddock at present. The best opportunity is Williams, who are also contemplating taking on Robert Kubica. The latest news is that Kubica will follow up his recent Williams simulator test with an actual track outing in Brazil.

But Palmer senior said in Singapore: "A few good races and Williams might take notice. "Williams will want to take their best option and he has the chance to show he is that over the next few races," added Jonathan Palmer, also a former F1 driver. (GMM)

mbmwe36

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But he didn't do anything spectacular in Singapore. He drove a very pedestrian race, where he was lucky that he wasn't involved in any crashes, and people around him retired left and right. Now I'm not trying to take anything away from his result. But the way he drove would have equated to 11-12t... [Read more]

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  • Having a mediocre pay driver is a humiliating situation for a team like Williams. Having two would be suicide.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 13:29
  • mbmwe36

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    But he didn't do anything spectacular in Singapore. He drove a very pedestrian race, where he was lucky that he wasn't involved in any crashes, and people around him retired left and right. Now I'm not trying to take anything away from his result. But the way he drove would have equated to 11-12th under normal circumstances. And he was slower that Hulkenberg yet again.
    If Williams were to sign him over Kubica, they will officially have turned into Minardi.
    If he were to replace Stroll I wouldn't care either way.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 13:57
  • Orchide

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    Ericsson will snag that seat.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 14:21
  • Why not use the millions brought by the pay drivers to develop car for 2019? oh wait, they already have one..

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 15:08
  • Stroll and Palmer? dear gods no..

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 15:23
    • Kevin

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      Who needs prize money when you got these two?

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      • Sep 18 2017 - 22:07
  • Im 90% sure that wont happen.

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    • Sep 18 2017 - 17:36

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