GP2 Champion Palmer becomes Lotus reserve

By on Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Reigning GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer has joined Lotus as the team's reserve driver for the upcoming campaign.

Palmer raced in Formula 1's feeder series for four years and won the title last year, before receiving a test at the end of the year with Force India.

Palmer will also get a 'significant number' of free practice outings with the team.

"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," he said.

"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.

"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.

"I am delighted to be joining Lotus at such an exciting time and my objective is to earn a long term future with them."

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