Palmer back in Lotus F1 Team practice at Japanese Grand Prix

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Italian Grand Prix, Friday 4th September 2015. Monza Italy.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Italian Grand Prix, Friday 4th September 2015. Monza Italy.

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Jolyon Palmer will get behind the wheel of the E23 Hybrid in Friday’s free practice one session ahead of this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

The 24-year-old will participate in the opening 90-minute session of the weekend as part of his role as Lotus F1 Team’s third and reserve driver.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Belgian Grand Prix, Friday 21st August 2015. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Belgian Grand Prix, Friday 21st August 2015. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

The Southwater racer has enjoyed a strong season so far, carrying out vital development work for the Enstone-based outfit and displaying good pace in his regular FP1 outings.

He has taken part in eight free practice sessions so far, in addition to one pre-season and two official in-season tests, topping the time-sheets on the second day of the in-season test held at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Palmer said: “Having been on the sidelines in Singapore, it will be great to be back in the car in Japan. It is a new track for me so it will be a tough challenge but a perfect learning opportunity.”

In his last outing, Palmer collected valuable data for Lotus F1 Team and completed 28 laps of the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy, finishing the session in 15th.

The 2014 GP2 Champion was not in the cockpit in Singapore last weekend, but was busy with a number of off-track commitments, including participation in tyre and set-up meetings.

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