Palmer: ‘Ricciardo makes it seem like Ocon is a mediocre driver’

Esteban Ocon has not had it easy this season. Daniel Ricciardo is the boss almost every weekend and has over 40 points more in the championship. “Ocon has potential, but Ricciardo makes it seem like Ocon is a mediocre driver,” said former Renault driver Joylon Palmer.

After eleven races, Daniel Ricciardo has collected 78 points, while Esteban Ocon has ‘only’ 36. Ricciardo is 10-1 ahead in the qualifying match and was only beaten by Ocon in the first race in Austria and the second race in England. According to Joylon Palmer, the Frenchman is not doing as bad as it seems.

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“Ricciardo is working on an insanely strong season and that makes it seem like Ocon is a mediocre driver. Ocon is a driver with potential. He has shown that in his two seasons alongside Sergio Pérez at Force India, but compared to Ricciardo he is not performing. But that’s also because of Ricciardo. He’s very strong this season, ”Palmer writes in his column for the BBC.

“Even though Ricciardo has beaten him in ten of the eleven qualifications, Ocon’s average gap is not too bad. Ricciardo makes the difference especially in the races. In the second race in Austria, Ocon beat Ricciardo on Saturday, but Ricciardo was behind him in no time in the race and in Sochi Ricciardo overtook him halfway and then drove away from him for 26 seconds, ”said the former Renault driver.

“It is not the case that Ocon is performing poorly. He has had good moments, but he has had more reliability issues and is new to the team. But I think even Renault is surprised how Ricciardo beats him this year, ”said Palmer.

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