Jolyon Palmer given a big break by Lotus next season

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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British driver Jolyon Palmer has been handed a full-time race seat with Lotus in 2016.

Palmer, the highly-rated former GP2 champion, replaces Haas-bound Romain Grosjean, and will partner Pastor Maldonado at the British team next season.

The 24-year-old, son of former Formula One driver Jonathan Palmer, has taken part in the majority of opening practice sessions for Lotus this term.

And his promotion to the race team ensures there will still be three Britons on the grid next season. Palmer joins Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button. Manor are yet to confirm whether Will Stevens will be retained for 2016.

“I’m obviously delighted that I’ll be racing in Formula One next year,” said Palmer, who became the first British driver since Lewis Hamilton in 2006 to be crowned GP2 champion when he won the series last 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.”

Lotus chairman and team principal Gerard Lopez added: “We are very pleased to announce that exciting British racing talent Jolyon Palmer is promoted to a race seat with the team for next season.

“We’ve seen Jolyon’s hard work and talent this season in the way he’s approached his third driver role and he is a really popular choice for the team.

“As well as having a great future ahead of him behind the wheel, Jolyon is an intelligent and highly marketable asset to the team.

“He deserves this opportunity, and everyone at Enstone is excited to see what he can achieve next year.”

Published: Saturday 24th October 2015 by The News Editor

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