2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer has been announced as the new Third Driver at the Lotus F1 Team.
Palmer will act as Lotus’ Third Driver as well as the team’s Reserve Driver with his commitments including attending all Grands Prix in 2015 as well as official test sessions.
It was also revealed that Palmer will drive in a number of Free Practice 1 sessions this season to give him significant active time in the 2015 Lotus E23.
In case any of the Lotus F1 race drivers – 2010 & 2011 GP2 Series Champions Pastor Maldonado & Romain Grosjean – are unable to compete in any of the races this season, it would be expected that Palmer would step up to take their place.
Lotus F1 Team Chairman and Team Principal Gerard Lopez: “Jolyon is a fantastic talent and a very credible driver to fulfil the role of Third Driver at Lotus F1 Team. Romain and Pastor are both GP2 Series Champions, so we know what a fantastic proving ground GP2 provides. For Jolyon to have enjoyed such a successful season as he took his title last year shows his superb potential for the future. We are looking forward to seeing him in team colours and behind the wheel of our 2015 car, the E23 Hybrid, which represents an exciting new era for Lotus F1 Team.”
Jolyon Palmer: “I’m delighted to be moving into F1 with Lotus F1 Team this year as Third Driver and I’m very grateful for the opportunity they have given me. My goal has been to become a race driver in a competitive F1 team for 2016 and Lotus F1 Team is a great opportunity for me, particularly with Mercedes engines now. To be able to learn with a major F1 team by working closely with them in every area and getting a lot of mileage in the car is the best way possible, as Valtteri Bottas proved. I am delighted to be joining Lotus F1 Team at such an exciting time and my objective is to earn a long term future with them.”