Jolyon Palmer will become an F1 driver next season after securing a deal with Lotus.
The 2014 GP2 Champion is currently Lotus F1 Team’s Test Driver and has been linked with a full time drive with the team for 2016 all year long.
“It feels pretty unbelievable,” Palmer said after the news was announced.
“It’s been such a long journey and I’m so glad to have been confirmed as a race driver with the team next year.
“A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for this to happen and into proving what I’m capable of delivering. I’m very grateful to everyone who has so far helped me at the team; I’m now looking forward to 2016 and to build on the experience that I already have.”
Palmer will partner Pastor Maldonado who won the GP2 title back in 2010 and takes the place at Lotus which has been vacated by 2011 GP2 Champion Romain Grosjean.
The Enstone-based team is likely to undergo a change of ownership over the winter and it is probable that Palmer will be a driver for the team under the guise of Renault F1, not Lotus.