Palmer eyes Force India reserve role

By on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Sahara Force India

Sahara Force India

GP2 Champion Jolyon Palmer says that he is keen to occupy a reserve driver role with Force India.

Palmer clinched this year's GP2 title with a round to spare but is unlikely to secure a slot on the Formula 1 grid next season.

Palmer received his first Formula 1 test with Force India in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, where he set the fourth fastest time despite being plagued by engine issues during the morning session.

"I really enjoyed my first experience at the wheel of a Formula 1 car," he said.

"I always had the ambition to drive a Formula One car: it was surreal when I first got out of the pits, but after the first moment I was just focusing on getting the job done for the team and doing my best.

"What really stood out for me is the power delivery of a Formula One car, compared to what I am used to in GP2: I heard lots about it all year, but to actually experience it first hand, feeling it as I drove was impressive.

"Knowing the track in advance helps only a little as you get to the various corners and drive through them at completely different speeds to what you are used to; but not having to get to know the layout made it possible to just concentrate on our testing programme.

"Force India is a team that gives young drivers good chances and I would love to get a role with them. They developed Paul Di Resta into a good racer, created a meaningful FP1 programme for Jules Bianchi and generally do a really good work with their reserve drivers."

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