Biography

Jolyon Palmer is a British racing driver in the highly competitive GP2 championship, a feeder series to Formula One.

He has marked himself out as one of the brightest young prospects in world motorsport following a promising debut GP2 season in 2011 with Arden International where he secured a string of top 10 results, followed by a maiden podium for Addax during the GP2 Finals event in Abu Dhabi.

In 2012, Jolyon moved to British team iSport International, competing in an increased 12-round GP2 calendar. He enjoyed an impressive campaign including recording a maiden win at the showpiece Monaco event, together with two further podiums at Silverstone and Monza. He finished 11th in the drivers' standings despite a series of electrical issues blighting the first four events.

For 2013, Jolyon joined Carlin, securing his first win with the team in the Hungary Feature Race, after fighting his way past Marcus Ericsson in a thrilling battle. He added to that with a second Feature Race victory following a supreme drive on the streets of Singapore from a maiden pole position. 

Jolyon switches to the DAMS team for 2014. The French squad have established themselves as one of the most potent organisations in global single seater racing, and have won two of the previous three GP2 driver's titles with Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi.
  
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. Indeed, Palmer delivered several master-classes during the season, belying his young age with a number of superb drives which saw him push eventual champion Dean Stoneman all the way until the very final round of the season. Such results meant Jolyon led F2 for much of the 2010 season, ending with five wins, ten podiums and five pole positions to his credit.

Jolyon's Career in pictures

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

Stats

  • Date of Birth: 20-01-1991
  • Age: 23
  • Nationality: UK
  • Height: 6ft
  • Sponsors: Comma, PalmerSport, MSV, 3663, Comtact
  • Other Interests: Football, tennis
  • Sporting Idol: Roger Federer, Usain Bolt
  • Favourite Food: Gazpacho
  • Favourite Circuit: Brands Hatch, Monza, Monaco
  • Favourite Colour: Blue

Target

"I only have one objective for next year, which is to win the GP2 title, and I believe joining DAMS will give me the best opportunity to achieve that. They have a great track record of leading drivers to F1 and I will be working extremely hard to follow Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi and become DAMS' third GP2 champion in four years, and maximise my chances of securing an F1 drive for 2015."

Career History

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.

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