Jolyon Palmer gives Lance Stroll some Serious Words of Warning

At the start of last season, Jolyon Palmer experienced the pressures of being a Formula One driver, both in and out of the cockpit. After Lance Stroll’s unfortunate time in testing which saw the Canadian eighteen-year-old damage his Williams twice, the Renault driver, now entering his second year in Formula One had some words of warning for the newcomer.

 

Regarding Stroll’s series of unfortunate events in testing, Palmer said,

“He is only 18 and there are a lot of physical demands in Formula One. I am not sure you have physically finished developing at 18 and that is tough. I was still at school studying for my A-Levels. The toughest bit may also be the psychological pressure because he has had a bad start. I know from myself last year, where the start was not easy, that people get on your back and you need to blank it out.

Jolyon Palmer

He is very young and still inexperienced. Max did a very good job when he came in, but I do think he is a very special talent. He also had a lot of nursing with Red Bull and it was a different era in F1.

I would say it is unfortunate the timing Lance has come into Formula One because the cars are so much quicker this year, but it is only one week and if he has a great test next week and gets on top of it no-one will care that he has crashed.”

– Jolyon Palmer

Palmer himself suffered a spin in testing, losing the rear of the new Renault RS17 and ending up in the gravel trap, but he was able to keep it out of the barriers. It’s worth noting that more senior drivers suffered spins too, Valtteri Bottas clipped the wall at one point.

It’s easy to call Stroll out because he’s new to the sport, it’s probably right that he isn’t used to the new cars having privately tested in a 2014 Williams prior to the official pre-season tests. We’d rather wait and see what he does this season, in the sessions that really count.