F1 German Grand Prix: five things we learned from Hockenheim | Paul Weaver

Renault get twitchy, Alonso’s demeanour is costing him, Mercedes need to keep better time and Massa’s race may be almost run

Britain’s talented former GP2 champion is one of the most popular drivers in the paddock but Jolyon Palmer is struggling to hang on to his drive for next season now, after two disappointing back-to-back performances in Hungary and Germany. He was 14th on the grid in Hockenheim and was running 11th when he crashed into Felipe Massa, eventually coming in 19th. In Budapest Palmer, 25, was in line for his first points of his career when he spun off and finished 12th, a result he described as “disaster”. He now has to do something exceptional to keep his seat. The top teams have kept the same drivers for 2017 but there is still likely to be plenty of movement involving Williams, Renault, McLaren and Force India.

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