Jolyon Palmer is Third and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team for the 2015 season and has been announced as a race driver for the Enstone-based outfit in 2016. The regining GP2 Champion will take part in several Free Practice sessions at Grands Prix weekends throughout 2015, before moving into his new role next year.
Jolyon is attending all F1 events in 2015, where he will work with the team in his role as Third Driver, and will contribute to the car's testing and development.
Driving for French team DAMS, Palmer rewrote the GP2 record books in 2014, scoring the most points ever in a season (256) and for 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.
Palmer started his season with five consecutive podium finishes, including two wins, demonstrating overtaking abilities which would become the hallmark of his impressive season. Jolyon's race craft was most evident at Monza, when a technicality forced him to start at the back of the grid, and he fought back from 26th to finish eighth. This secured him reverse grid pole for the Sprint Race, which he won to extend his championship lead.
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.
Jolyon's Career in pictures
Russian Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Japanese Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Italian Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Belgian Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Hungarian Grand Prix - Free Practice One
British Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Austria in-season test - Day Two
Austrian Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Barcelona in-season test - Day two
Spanish Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Lotus F1 Team Filming Day - Brands Hatch
Bahrain Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Chinese Grand Prix - Free Practice One
Lotus F1 Barcelona pre-season test
Lotus F1 Team Announcement
GP2 Series 2014
GP2 Series 2013
GP2 Series 2012
GP2 Series 2011
FIA Formula Two Championship 2010
FIA Formula Two Championship 2009
Formula Palmer Audi Championship 2007/8
T Cars 2006/7
- Date of Birth: 20-01-1991
- Age: 24
- Nationality: UK
- Height: 6ft
- Sponsors: MSV, 3663, Towergate
- Other Interests: Football, tennis
- Sporting Idol: Roger Federer, Usain Bolt
- Favourite Food: Gazpacho
- Favourite Circuit: Brands Hatch, Monza, Monaco
- Favourite Colour: Blue
"I'm obviously delighted that I'll be racing in Formula 1 next year. Lotus F1 Team gave me a tremendous opportunity this season and I thank them for assisting my development to a level where they have put their trust in me for a crucial season in their evolution. I've enjoyed and learnt a lot from my year as Third and Reserve driver so I'm looking forward to putting this into practice as a race driver in 2016. I can't wait for next season to get underway!"
2016 Lotus F1 Team race driver
2015 Joins Lotus F1 Team as Third and Reserve Driver to help with car development, and take part in Free Practice sessions throughout the year
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
GP2 Series - 28th, 2 top 10 finishes
GP2 Asia Series - 19th, top 10 finish
2010 FIA Formula Two Championship - 2nd
overall, 5 wins, 10 podiums, 5 poles
2009 FIA Formula Two Championship - 21st
2008 Formula Palmer Audi - 3rd, 1 win, 11 podiums, 3 poles
Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy - 3rd, 3 podiums
2007 Formula Palmer Audi - 10th, 2 wins, 4 podiums, 1 pole
T Cars- 2 races, 2 wins, 1 pole