Palmer war­rants place

Motor Sport News - - Santa Pod At 50 -

I find it dis­ap­point­ing that there seems to be a gen­eral feel­ing that Jolyon Palmer shouldn’t be oc­cu­py­ing a seat at the newly re­born Re­nault team, il­lus­trated by your rather mis­lead­ing state­ment “few could ar­gue that Jolyon Palmer is un­der-qual­i­fied” ( March 16).

Hav­ing taken the 2014 GP2 ti­tle and been un­able to buy a seat at, for ex­am­ple, Sauber, he knuck­led down to prove his worth as the En­stone team’s third driver.

Was Valt­teri Bot­tas un­der-qual­i­fied when, hav­ing won the 2011 GP3 ti­tle and spent the fol­low­ing sea­son as Wil­liams’ third driver, he was pro­moted to a race seat in 2013?

If Re­nault weren’t keen to take Palmer I’m sure they would have found a way to can­cel his con­tract as they did with Pas­tor Mal­don­ado.

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