Jolyon to a race his second season with the Renault Sport Formula One Team for 2017.
- 20th January 1991
- Formula 1
Jolyon Palmer was retained as Official Driver for Renault Sport Formula One Team for 2017, following his debut season with the team in 2016. The reigning GP2 Champion acted as Test and Reserve Driver for Lotus F1 Team in 2015, taking part in several Free Practice sessions at Grands Prix weekends throughout the year, as well as contributing to the testing and development of the race car.
Driving for French team DAMS, Palmer rewrote the GP2 record books in 2014, scoring the most points ever in a season (256) and for the most consecutive points finishes (19), to become the first Briton since Lewis Hamilton in 2006 to win the F1 feeder series. He qualified on the front row seven times, won four races (at Bahrain, Monaco, Monza and Sochi) and secured an additional seven podium placings to win the championship with three races to spare. Palmer started his season with five consecutive podium finishes, including two wins, demonstrating overtaking abilities which would become the hallmark of his impressive season. Jolyon’s race craft was most evident at Monza, when a technicality forced him to start at the back of the grid, and he fought back from 26th to finish eighth. This secured him reverse grid pole for the Sprint Race, which he won to extend his championship lead.
Prior to GP2, Jolyon enjoyed an outstanding season in the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship where he finished runner-up after dominating the first half of the campaign. He pushed eventual champion Dean Stoneman all the way until the final round of the season, scoring five wins, ten podiums and five pole positions.