Jolyon Palmer  Great Britain

  • Full name Jolyon Palmer
  • Birth date January 20, 1991
  • Birthplace Horsham, Great Britain
  • Current age 27 years 4 days
  • Relation Father - JC Palmer
  • Teams DAMS, Lotus F1, Renault
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2017 World Championship
# Grand Prix Circuit Date Car Pos Pts Qual FL
1 Australia Albert Park March 26 Renault (RS16) ret 19
2 China Shanghai April 9 Renault (RS17) 13 20
3 Bahrain BIC April 16 Renault (RS17) 13 10
4 Russia Sochi April 30 Renault (RS17) ret 16
5 Spain Catalunya May 14 Renault (RS17) 15 17
6 Monaco Monaco May 28 Renault (RS17) 11 16
7 Canada Gilles Villeneuve June 11 Renault (RS17) 11 15
8 Europe Baku June 25 Renault (RS17) ret 20
9 Austria Spielberg July 9 Renault (RS17) 11 11
10 Great Britain Silverstone July 16 Renault (RS17) ret 11
11 Hungary Hungaroring July 30 Renault (RS17) 12 10
12 Belgium Spa August 27 Renault (RS17) 13 10
13 Italy Monza September 3 Renault (RS17) ret 17
14 Singapore Singapore September 17 Renault (RS17) 6 8 12
15 Malaysia Sepang October 1 Renault (RS17) 15 12
16 Japan Suzuka October 8 Renault (RS17) 12 18
World Championship Career
Year Car Race Start Won Pod Class Best Pole Front Best Lap Hat Pts Pos
2016 Renault 21 21 0 0 15 10 0 0 14 0 0 1 18
2017 Renault 16 16 0 0 11 6 0 0 10 0 0 8 17
Total 37 37 0 0 26 6 0 0 10 0 0 9
Race Circuit Date
First race Australian Grand Prix Albert Park March 20, 2016 Race results
Last race Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka October 8, 2017 Race results
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The son of former Formula One driver Jonathan, Jolyon Palmer started in karts before switching to cars in 2005, enjoying success before moving up to Formula Palmer Audi, the series created by his father almost a decade earlier, in 2007. Two wins and two poles saw him finish tenth, and in 2008 he was in contention for much of the season, but only one win was not enough despite recording 11 podiums. In 2009 he moved up to Formula Two, finishing the season back in 21st place but turning in some encouraging performances. His progress continued over the winter.

In 2011 he made his way to F1 feeder series GP2 for Arden International, before a switch to iSport the following year saw him make his breakthrough with a win in Monaco. A podium on home soil at Silverstone followed. Moving to Carlin for 2013, Palmer scored regular points and won in Hungary and Singapore, out-performing team-mate Felipe Nasr for much of the year.

He moved to DAMS for 2014 and finally things started to click as he took four victories on his way to championship victory over Stoffel Vandoorne and Nasr. A test for Force India followed and in 2015 he was signed by Lotus as its reserve driver. By the end of the year he had agreed a deal to replace Romain Grosjean at the team in 2016, which morphed into a contract with the Renault works team ahead of his debut.

Strengths and Weaknesses
He was a worthy GP2 champion in 2014 but the title victory came on his third attempt. He is clearly a capable F1 driver but it remains to be seen whether he is championship-winning material.

Career High
Winning the 2014 GP2 title with DAMS.

Career Low
Failing to secure a race drive in 2015 as reigning GP2 champion.

"In the Formula One world you have to look out for yourself a lot because that's what everyone else is doing. If you don't, you are going to get spat out the other end."

"I love living in England. I don't want to escape. Living in Oxford would be easier for the team but I enjoy being in Clapham, and I'll be staying for the foreseeable future."

After being left without a drive in 2015, Palmer tried his hand at commentating on the GP2 Series.

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