GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer has been signed by Lotus as its third driver for the 2015 season, with the Briton likely to get a number of Friday practice opportunities according to the team. Palmer will also fulfil the role of reserve driver.
“Jolyon is a fantastic talent and a very credible driver to fulfil the role of Third Driver,” said Lotus Team Principal Gerard Lopez. “Romain and Pastor are both GP2 champions, so we know what a fantastic proving ground GP2 provides. For Jolyon to have enjoyed such a successful season as he took his title last year shows his superb potential for the future.”
Palmer, who won the 2014 GP2 title in record-breaking fashion, with the greatest amount of points scored in a season (276) and the most consecutive points finishes (19) added: “I’m delighted to be moving into F1 with Lotus 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 is a great opportunity for me, particularly with Mercedes engines now,” he added.
“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, as Valtteri Bottas proved.”