Jolyon Palmer, once again did not have a great race in Baku. He started P20 and added a third DNF to his 2017 tally. Palmer needed a good weekend to end speculation that he is failing to make the grade in F1 and that his seat is likely to be up for grabs in 2018 if he cannot prove his is championship material, he did not get it. Here is how his weekend unfolded.
Lance Stroll’s improved qualifying result is now being (as reported yesterday by TJ13) attributed to a private test at Austin in the ’14 Williams and, as suggested by Peter Windsor some sessions with noted F1 driver whisperer Rob Wilson.
The 2017 Baku Grand prix was not without its highlights and there will be many stories that will come as a result over the next few days, but as well as headlines there were many incidents. By far … Source: Vettel should prove his manliness “out of the car face to face” – Lewis
Penalty-palooza for the start of the Azerbaijan GP with Sainz demoted to P15 for his naughtiness in Montreal and Vandoorne and Alonso having an epic battle which was eventually won by Alonso with his 40 spots triumphing over Vandoorne with a grand total of 35. Still, the lanterne rouge was claimed by the hapless Palmer, whose crisped PU left him to be to be part of the race and ensured the last spot would be his, and his alone.
If paddock rumours are correct we expect to see official statements from Sauber in the coming hours or days following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix announcing he is to head up the Sauber F1 team. Some say the ex Renault F1 boss fell on his own sword in light of the under performing engine used by the Red Bull cars over the last few years that suffered with similar technological issues currently facing McLaren and the ill fated power unit.
“It was a difficult weekend – for one because of the crash in the qualifying, and also because I could not keep up with the lap times of the competition. We have to make sure that we understand the reason for that. For now we are focusing on the upcoming weekend in Baku.”
Just released. Most seem to be favoring as many soft & super softs as possible, with Mercedes, Haas and Ferrari opting for the same opportunities.