Palmer eyes F1 shot after GP2 title win

By on Monday, October 13, 2014
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Jolyon Palmer says he is 'confident' that he can make the progression to Formula 1, having sealed the GP2 championship with a victory in Russia.

Palmer, 23, claimed his fourth win of the year on Saturday to move into an unassailable lead at the top of the standings, ahead of Williams reserve driver Felipe Nasr and McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne.

Palmer is not hopeful that he can make the step up to Formula 1 in 2015.

"Formula One," he said when asked about his next step. "I’m confident. The first priority was to win GP2 and I was always confident that if I did win GP2 I was going to be in Formula One. Now that’s done and I’m confident I’ll be in Formula One.

"I’m not saying it is going to be easy, but this title is a big help. We’re going to have to wait for a few weeks and see what happens. I feel ready for it. I’m driving at the top of my game right now.

"I know the tyres thanks to GP2. It is the perfect Series to feed into Formula One: it is the same tyres, the same tracks, the cars are even now a similar speed especially into the corners. I feel absolutely ready for it and I am confident it can happen."

Should Palmer progress to Formula 1 he would be the first GP2 champion to achieve the feat since Romain Grosjean in 2011.


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