Palmer eager to impress in second practice outing for Lotus


After making his free practice debut last weekend in China, Jolyon Palmer will be on track once more in Bahrain this weekend, with the 2015 GP2 Series champion getting his second outing with the Lotus F1 Team.

Palmer took over the car of Romain Grosjean in Shanghai, completing twenty-five laps, and finished just six-tenths of a second adrift of regular driver Pastor Maldonado, with the Briton hoping to have another positive session in the desert.

“After my first Free Practice session in China it’s great to be back in the car this Friday in Bahrain, a track I know well and won at in GP2 last year,” insisted Palmer.

“My aim will be the same and the programme will be similar; we will be testing some new parts and further evaluating existing ideas. It was great that the team got its first points of the season in China and hopefully we can build on that now, starting in Bahrain.”

Palmer has also revealed that he could seek a race seat in 2015 to keep himself sharp, but will not compromise his Lotus deal to do so.

“If I get a good offer to do something that would be a good career move for me then I’d like to race,” said Palmer to Autosport. “It’s about keeping sharp. It’s the one thing I’m missing this year.

“I’m loving working with Lotus and being in F1, but I’d love to be racing as well, so if I get a good offer I’d love to. My main priority is Lotus and I will not compromise anything I do here by racing elsewhere.”