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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:01 am 
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Renault engineer was impressed on all fronts.

https://www.f1today.net/en/news/f1/2300 ... ngary-test

So why wait until 2018 ?

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:36 pm 
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mas wrote:
Renault engineer was impressed on all fronts.

https://www.f1today.net/en/news/f1/2300 ... ngary-test

So why wait until 2018 ?

I think the last sentence where he says that Robert had no problems with the wheel and it's switches (with minimal changes made) answers one of the biggest questions I would've had going into the test.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:53 pm 
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So why wait until 2018 ?

I think that is a good point. It would be harsh on Palmer but if you want to get a gauge of where Kubica is without committing long term or excluding the possibility of signing someone else for 2018 then dropping him into the seat after the summer break probably makes sense.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 1:12 am 
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Would be perfect for Kubica to step in now and have the rest of the season to get up to speed for 2018. Renault would probably get more points in the WCC too, perhaps harsh on Palmer but that is F1.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 10, 2017 11:59 am 
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would it really be harsh on palmer? Personally i dont think it would, he has had a season and a half to prove he is good enough and he just isnt. If anything he is lucky to have had this extra half a season to prove he can get the job done and unfortunately he cant. Better drivers than Palmer have been replaced mid season. Palmer has had more than a fair opportunity even taking into account his unfortunate reliability. The speed and consistency just clearly isnt there.

There is no way kubica in the car for the rest of the season is going to perform worse than Palmer, keeping Palmer in the car makes no sense. At best Palmer may score points in one or two races where as giving Kubica the rest of the season not only improves the chances of points this season, long run it means Kubica is up to speed next season increasing the chances of hitting the ground running next season. Therefore picking up potentially more points next season than just dropping him in next season cold after a couple of pre season tests.

keeping Palmer in the car really will hurt the team this season and moving forward and is a massive error in miss placed loyalty. This is F1, it is a ruthless business, points mean millions of dollars. Teams cant afford to have a driver under performing at the level Palmer is, he just isnt good enough.


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