Palmer ‘desperately sorry’ as ill Stoneman sits out
25 January 2011 – Formula 2 Series Director Jonathan Palmer has expressed his shock over hearing the news that 2010 Champion Dean Stoneman has been forced to put all motor racing commitments on hold following the news last week that he had been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
As a reward for his F2 title, Stoneman enjoyed a Formula 1 test with Williams in Abu Dhabi last November although the 20-year-old is now beginning treatment in England, having been confirmed in Formula Renault 3.5 for 2011.
“We are all desperately sorry to hear such sad news,” Palmer, who is also the Chief Executive of circuit owners Motor Sport Vision, commented last Friday.
“However, I spoke to Dean this morning and it is clear he is getting superb and immediate treatment. He knows he has a period of chemotherapy sessions ahead of him and there is no doubt he has enormous will power to fight the illness and maintain his morale.
“Dean was in good spirits, wanting to know what was going on and in fact he was keen to see the new Snetterton circuit, so I'm flying him up there next Friday and look forward to him having a bit of a drive round to get his views!”