Palmer makes practice debut with Lotus

By on Friday, April 10, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Reigning GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer made his Formula 1 weekend debut with Lotus after sampling the E23 Hybrid during the first practice session for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

Palmer is the squad's test and reserve driver this year and is scheduled to pilot the E23 Hybrid during several practice sessions, the first of which took place on Friday at Shanghai.

Palmer, who replaced Romain Grosjean, recovered from an early spin to post the 15th fastest time.

"I've been waiting to get my hands on the E23 during a Grand Prix weekend and the experience didn't disappoint," said Palmer.

"The track was quite green which provided its own set of slippery challenges and I had to learn the circuit quickly as I hadn't driven in Shanghai before but overall I'm happy with P15.

"I was able to complete a decent tally of laps and test the limits of grip on a couple of occasions on the fresh track. It was great to be out on track and mixing it on a Grand Prix weekend."

Palmer will return to the cockpit during first practice for next weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix.

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