Jolyon Palmer  Great Britain

  • Full name Jolyon Palmer
  • Birth date January 20, 1991
  • Birthplace Horsham, Great Britain
  • Current age 30 years 85 days
  • Relation Father - JC Palmer
  • Teams DAMS, Lotus F1, Renault
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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. 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.

With Renault rebuilding the team over the course of the year, results were hard to come by in 2016 and Palmer scored just one point in his debut year. The team made a step forward in 2017, but Palmer's struggle continued and his position at the team was questioned for much of the year.

He was finally replaced after the Japanese Grand Prix by Carlos Sainz, who had agreed to join the team on loan from Red Bull for the final four races and 2018. Palmer scored the best result of his F1 career with a sixth place finish at the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix.

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
Losing his Renault drive with four races remaining in the 2017 season.

"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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