Biography

Jolyon Palmer is Test and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team for the 2015 season. The regining GP2 Champion will take part in several Free Practice sessions at Grands Prix weekends throughout the year. 

Jolyon is attending all F1 events in 2015, where he will work with the team in his role as Third Driver, and will contirbute to the 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 seven 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, ten podiums and five pole positions.

 

Jolyon's Career in pictures

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

Stats

  • 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

Target

"I'm delighted to be moving into F1 with Lotus F1 Team this year as Third Driver and I'm very grateful for the opportunity they have given me. My goal has been to become a race driver in a competitive F1 team for 2016 and Lotus F1 Team is a great opportunity for me, particularly with Mercedes engines now. To be able to learn with a major F1 team by working closely with them in every area and getting a lot of mileage in the car is the best way possible."

Career History

2015 Joins Lotus F1 Team as Test and Reserve Driver to help with car development, and take part in Free Pactice sessions throughout the year

2014 GP2 Series, Champion with four wins, seven 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.

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