Joylon Palmer

Renault Sport F1

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United Kingdom


United Kingdom

United Kingdom
Date of birth
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The son of a former Grand Prix driver, Jolyon survived a tricky first year with Renault last season (2016) when he scored only a solitary point, but did enough to convince the team that his grit and speed were worthy of another season.

After a year spent learning the ropes as test and reserve driver with Lotus F1®, Jolyon made the step up to the newly-created Renault race team in 2016, the French company having completed a take-over of the Enstone-based outfit. In 2015, he took part in 13 Friday practice sessions – good preparation for what proved to be a testing season for the Englishman.

His father Jonathan started 82 Grands Prix in the 1980s with a range of teams including Tyrrell and Williams and went on to establish himself as a successful circuit owner and entrepreneur in British motor sport.

That pedigree suggests he was always destined to be a racing driver, but he took his time to shine and it was only in 2010, after climbing the ladder, when he became the first British F2 victor since his father in 1983, that he attracted serious notice. Four further wins helped him finish second in the series.

That led to GP2 and, with the DAMs team in 2014, he won the season opener in Bahrain, added three more victories and secured the championship with three rounds to spare. His potential was duly noted and, after a test with Force India, he was recruited by Lotus. 

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