Jolyon Palmer will pair Pastor Maldonado at Lotus for the 2016 season, replacing Romain Grosjean who heads off to Haas F1 next year.
“A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for this to happen and into proving what I’m capable of delivering,” said Palmer. “I’m very grateful to everyone who has so far helped me at the team; I’m now looking forward to 2016 and to build on the experience that I already have.”
The 2014 GP2 champion who has stood in for Grosjean during the majority of Friday Practice sessions so far this year, will take to the grid with experience in a team that is set to be bought out by Renault at the end of the year.
“To be getting a lot of mileage in the car was the most important aspect for me this year,” he said. “Driving in FP1 during a Grand Prix weekend, when you have a specific run plan to achieve in a ninety minutes session that will be key to the team’s preparation for the rest of the weekend, means that the pressure is on each time. I have also learnt a great deal in engineering meetings and during simulator sessions at Enstone.”
Palmer will make his race debut at the season opener next year in Australia, fielding the number ’30’ on his chassis.