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F1 2016 Driver Review: Jolyon Palmer

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Jolyon Palmer

Team: Renault
Car No.: 30
Races: 21
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: 10th (Malaysia)
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 1
Laps Led: 0
Championship Position: 18th

Luke Smith (@LukeSmithF1)

2014 GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer finally got his Formula 1 break with Renault, snapping up a seat after a year in a reserve role. With the team focusing on rebuilding instead of outright success through 2016, though, expectations were never that high.

That said, Palmer clearly struggled early on. His debut in Australia was solid, but thereafter, too many rookie errors shone through, most notably in Monaco.

However, as the season wore on, Palmer managed to find his feet and begin to match teammate Kevin Magnussen more and more. His point in Malaysia was well-earned.

Palmer didn’t steal the show through his rookie year, but if he can continue his late-season progression through 2017, then we might have the makings of a handy grand prix racer.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno)

Like fellow young gun at Renault Kevin Magnussen, Jolyon Palmer had a lot to prove in his first full season in the sport. The Englishman had a few notable moments and got better as the year went on.

Qualifying ahead of Magnussen on numerous occasions in the second half was good to see. Palmer scored his first and only point at Malaysia and could have had perhaps an eighth or ninth at Hungary before a spin that salted away his chances.

Having Nico Hulkenberg on board next year will provide a more meaningful measuring stick, and begin to determine whether Palmer has the long-term potential to stick at this level.

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.