(© Ben Johnston 2015)
The Lotus F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean has voiced his concerns over his lack of running in Free
Practice 1 so far this season as the Enstone outfit have opted to run test and reserve driver Jolyon Palmer during a number of session’s this season.
Grosjean has missed out on track time in China, Bahrain and last time out at the Spanish Grand Prix. The Frenchman suggested last week that he could miss up to ten practice sessions this season.
However Grosjean is not the only one to miss out as the team have also instructed Pastor Maldonado to move aside for Palmer on a number of occasions this season. Grosjean feels that by missing out on track he has missed out on preparation time for each race event.
However Palmer has defended the teams decision to put him in the car saying that he is unsure what extra work Grosjean could have done had he been in the car instead saying that in the last three Grand Prix in China, Bahrain and Spain the Frenchman has scored points in each of those events and he even pointed out that Grosjean had recovered well after making contact with team mate Pastor Maldonado during the race to finish in seventh place.
Palmer went on to say that he felt that it was important for him to have as much track time in the car as he saw last year that Davide Valsecchi and Charles Pic were not in the car a lot during the season.
Palmer revealed that the team are very happy with the progress that he has made since he joined the team.
The reigning GP2 champion was behind the wheel of the E23 Hybrid on Wednesday for the final day of testing in Barcelona and ended the day top of the time-sheets.
© Ben Johnston 2015