26 year-old Jolyon Palmer is one of only two Britons on the Formula One grid in 2017, alongside three-time champion Lewis Hamilton, and he will once again race for Renault Sport F1 Team in 2017. Jolyon retained his drive with the French squad following an impressive rookie campaign which included a debut points finish in Malaysia, and he will partner Nico Hulkenberg this year as the team targets a major step forward in car performance.
In 2014, driving for French team DAMS, Jolyon claimed the GP2 title in dominant fashion, breaking the record for the most points scored in a season (256) and the most consecutive points finishes (19), to become the first Briton since Lewis Hamilton in 2006 to win the F1 feeder series. He qualified on the front row seven times, won four races (at Bahrain, Monaco, Monza and Sochi) and secured an additional eight podium placings to win the championship with three races to spare. He then spent a season as third and reserve drive for Lotus F1 Team before it became Renault Sport F1 Team the following year, with Jolyon promoted to a full race driver with the outfit after impressing throughout 2015.
Prior to GP2, Jolyon enjoyed an outstanding season in the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship where he finished runner-up after dominating the first half of the campaign. He pushed eventual champion Dean Stoneman all the way until the final round of the season, scoring five wins, 10 podiums and five pole positions.
I'm over the moon to be racing with Renault Sport Formula One Team for a second season and I can't wait to reward the team's faith in me on track. Having worked out of Enstone since 2015 I can fully appreciate the development of the infrastructure this year. This means I share the excitement of the team looking to 2017 and our new car. For me, it's been a steep learning curve driving in Formula 1 and I know that I am performing better than ever, and that there's still more to come. There is tremendous drive and enthusiasm in Enstone and Viry looking to next year and I am honoured to be part of this.
2014 GP2 Series - CHAMPION with four wins, eight further podiums, series record of 256 points and 19 consecutive points finishes.
2013 GP2 Series - 7th overall with 2 wins, 1 further podium, 1 pole position, 12 top 10 finishes
2012 GP2 Series - 11th overall with 1 win, 2 podiums, 12 top 10 finishes
2011 GP2 Finals - 4th overall with 1 podium
2011 GP2 Series - 28th, 2 top 10 finishes
2011 GP2 Asia Series - 19th, top 10 finish