Jolyon Palmer will be the third British driver on the Formula 1 grid in 2016, having sealed a deal to race for Lotus F1 Team after a year as Third and Reserve driver.
Last year Palmer dominated the 2014 GP2 Series, taking four wins and eight further podiums to see off a competitive field in F1’s leading feeder series. The Englishman even managed to seal the championship with a whole weekend to spare – the first driver to achieve that feat since Romain Grosjean in 2011.
As the son of Eighties Formula 1 racer Jonathan, it might seem inevitable that Jolyon should find himself on the fast track to F1 too. As a young boy Jolyon indeed liked to charge around his garden on a go-kart but he only made his competitive debut at the relatively late age of 13. From there he rose through the ranks of T Cars, Formula Palmer Audi and Formula 2 before his GP2 career began in 2011.
Now Jolyon has a chance to take on the greats of motor sport as he returns to the Race Of Champions. He will partner Pascal Wehrlein for Team Young Stars in the ROC Nations Cup before racing in Saturday’s individual event.
2014 was Jolyon’s first appearance at the Race Of Champions