BREAKING: Palmer handed F1 test seat with Force India

2014 GP2 Series. Round 10.  'Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.''Saturday 11 October 2014.'Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his Father, Jonathan'Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.'ref: Digital Image _X0W2204 SUS-141210-110122002

2014 GP2 Series. Round 10. 'Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.''Saturday 11 October 2014.'Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his Father, Jonathan'Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.'ref: Digital Image _X0W2204 SUS-141210-110122002

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Southwater’s Jolyon Palmer has been offered a Formula One test seat for Sahara Force India in Abu Dhabi next week.

The GP2 champion, who has never previously driven an F1 car, will get a full day in the team’s VJM07 on the opening day of the two-day test.

Palmer wrapped up the GP2 title with three races to spare last month to become the first British driver since Lewis Hamilton in 2006 to win the F1 feeder series.

The 23-year-old will test in the team’s line-up along with 22-year-old Australian Spike Goddard.

Palmer is the son of former Formula One driver Jonathan, and will be looking to impress the team when he spends a full day in the car next Tuesday.

Force India are testing to find a partner for Nico Hulkenberg in 2015 and team principal Vijay Mallya admits he has been impressed by Palmer’s title winning campaign.

He said: “I’m pleased that we can conclude our season by giving two promising youngsters their first taste of Formula One.

“As a team we have a strong track record of identifying up-and-coming prospects and giving them valuable mileage and experience in our cars.

“I have been following Jolyon’s progress this season in GP2 and he is clearly a big talent that deserves a chance in Formula One.”

Palmer concludes his GP2 career on this weekend at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina circuit where his DAMS team are looking to secure the Team’s Championship.

Full story in this week’s paper.