Palmer back in F1 hot seat for first practice runs in next five Grands Prix

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 8th May 2015. Barcelona, Spain.
Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver.'Spanish Grand Prix, Friday 8th May 2015. Barcelona, Spain.

Jolyon Palmer will be back in the Formula One fold to compete in the first practice during each of the next five Grands Prix.

The Southwater ace will begin in Austria on Friday 19 June and will also drive on one day of the post-Grand Prix in-season test at the Red Bull Ring on June 23/24 .

The Lotus F1 Team Third and Reserve Driver will then drive the E23 Hybrid at his home Grand Prix when the Formula One circus visits Silverstone on July 3-5.

Palmer will also participate in the opening practice sessions of the Grand Prix weekends in Hungary (July 24-26), Belgium (August 21-23) and Italy (September 4-6) at the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza.

The 24-year-old has made an impressive start to his Formula One career, having shown excellent pace in each of his three FP1 sessions so far this season.

Palmer made his Grand Prix weekend debut in China, before also driving in 90-minute FP1 sessions in Bahrain and Spain. He then went on to top the time-sheets on the second day of the official in-season test in Barcelona last month.

He said: “I’m really pleased to be driving in FP1 for the rest of the European season. I’ve been happy with my performances so far and the car is improving all the time so, after watching on at the last two events, it will be great to be driving again.”