Palmer aims for 'long-term' Renault future

By on Friday, December 18, 2015
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Jolyon Palmer says that he wants to remain with Renault long-term, as he prepares to make his Formula 1 debut with the Enstone outfit in 2016.

Palmer, the 2014 GP2 champion, joined Lotus at the start of the year as its reserve driver and participated in 13 Friday practice sessions alongside several test outings in the E23 Hybrid.

Romain Grosjean's departure to Haas created a vacancy and Palmer inked a deal to race for the team in 2016, next to Pastor Maldonado, but is already keeping an eye on his long-term potential.

"Next for me is to be with Renault long term," he said during an interview with the official Lotus website.

"I think 2016 will be exciting. It won’t be the easiest year in a transition season but the long term potential is huge.

"I want to have a good year, show my best, and progress as a driver, and hopefully the team will keep me and we have a good car fighting for championships in the future."

Palmer, 24, says he amassed a huge amount of knowledge from his year as the third driver for Lotus.

"The year was very good for me," he explained. "I learned a huge amount and coming from GP2 into Formula 1 there was a lot to take in, certainly more than I expected!

"The way the team operates is the biggest difference, there’re so many involved in Formula 1. By being at the races and driving the car a lot it made for a big learning curve and I was rewarded with the drive for next year. Job done!"

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