Palmer to race for Lotus in 2016

Austin, Oct 24 (IANS) Briton Jolyon Palmer will drive for Formula 1 team Lotus in 2016.

Palmer, who is presently the team’s reserve racer, will be partnering Venezuelan driver Pastor Maldonado in his F1 debut season. He replaces Frenchman Romain Grosjean.

The 24-year-old, winner of the GP2 season, won his seat after a series of impressive performances in practice, reports BBC.

“We’ve seen Jolyon’s hard work and talent in the way he has approached his role. He is a really popular choice for the team. As well as having a great future ahead of him behind the wheel, Jolyon is an intelligent and highly marketable asset to the team. He deserves this opportunity,” said team boss Gerard Lopez.

Palmer said: “I’m obviously delighted that I’ll be racing in F1 next year. I’ve enjoyed and learned a lot from my year as reserve driver so I’m looking forward to putting this into practice as a race driver in 2016. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

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