Palmer places sixth in Formula One test in Austria

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Formula One Testing, Wednesday 24th June 2015. Spielberg, Austria.
Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Formula One Testing, Wednesday 24th June 2015. Spielberg, Austria.

Jolyon Palmer enjoyed a strong day of running at the official in-season Formula One test held at the Red Bull Ring in Austria yesterday to finish sixth-fastest.

The 24-year-old posted a quickest time of 1min 10.373sec and racked up 110 laps, as he completed the second and final day of the test for Lotus F1 Team in fine form.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Formula One Testing, Wednesday 24th June 2015. Spielberg, Austria.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Formula One Testing, Wednesday 24th June 2015. Spielberg, Austria.

Taking over from team-mate Romain Grosjean at the wheel of the E23 Hybrid, Palmer worked through a packed schedule of set-up and aerodynamic development work.

The Mercedes of Nico Rosberg topped the timesheets with a best lap of 1-09.113 ahead of the Ferrari of Esteban Guttierez and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Marco Wittmann (Toro Rosso) and Pascal Wehrlein (Force India) were fourth and fifth respectively with Fernando Alonso (McLaren), Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) and Felipe Nasr (Sauber) behind Palmer in seventh, eighth and ninth.

Palmer said: “It was a good day for me and we completed all of our programme. It’s always productive to get a good tally of laps on the board so anything over one hundred is a real bonus.

“It’s a bit sad as that’s my final day of testing in the car, but I’ve got a good schedule of FP1 sessions ahead of me, starting with my home Grand Prix at Silverstone next week.”

Alan Permane, trackside operations director for Lotus F1 Team added: “In contrast to yesterday, today was straightforward in terms of weather and run programme.

“In the morning we looked at mechanical set-up work, focussing on more time consuming changes than we’d evaluate over a Grand Prix weekend, then in the afternoon we also looked at further aerodynamic assessments.

“The E23 ran reliably and Jolyon did a great job as expected. We’ve been able to collate useful data for improving the pace of the E23 which means job done. We now head back to Enstone to prepare for our home Grand Prix at Silverstone.”

The test was the Southwater driver’s second outing on the Spielberg track for Lotus F1 Team after participating in the free practice one session on the Grand Prix weekend last Friday.

He ended the 90-minute session in 14th place just 0.046s shy of his team-mate Pastor Maldonado and only a tenth of a second off breaking into the top-10.

Palmer will return to the cockpit of the E23 Hybrid for free practice one on his home race weekend at the British Grand Prix (Friday, July 3).