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Jolyon Palmer

The lowdown on Jolyon Palmer

Lee McKenzie's view:

"Jolyon Palmer seemed to be followed by a black cat in his first F1 season - in other words he needs some luck. 

"I don't think it helped that he often had to get out of the Renault car on Friday mornings and hand it over to the team's reserve drivers, and then on a Friday afternoon he was still tuning in. 

"Jolyon showed he is a decent driver by winning the GP2 title in 2014 and when the car does work he is always there or thereabouts. A stronger finish to 2016 saw him secure his future in F1 for now."


Another son of a former racer, Jolyon Palmer follows his dad Jonathan’s wheel-tracks into F1.

The Briton can boast the 2014 GP2 title on his CV, as well as wins in F2 and Formula Palmer Audi.

Fresh from winning the GP2 title, he enjoyed his first F1 test with Force India at the 2014 post-season test, before joining Lotus for 13 free practice runs in 2015.

The Lotus team morphed into Renault over the off-season, but Palmer’s performances proved enough to earn him a place on the F1 grid for 2016 regardless.

He’ll line up in yellow alongside Nico Hulkenberg for a second season with Renault in 2017.