JOLYON Palmer’s rise towards the ranks of Formula 1 reached the penultimate rung on the ladder this week when he was snapped up to race in GP2.
The Southwater driver was second in the 2010 Formula 2 standings, and after some winter testing at Abu Dhabi, has signed a deal to drive for the Arden team. GP2 is widely acknowledged as a breeding ground for F1 drivers - recent graduates include Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, so Jolyon is closer than he ever has been to achieving his dream.
Jolyon enthused: “It’s obviously going to be very tough, as indeed it should be, but Arden are a very good team who have won races in every year of GP2 and I’m confident I can do a good job.
“It’s going to be difficult, because last year in F2 I was one of the more experienced guys and now I’m a rookie again in a series with some of the world’s best young drivers, but given time and experience I hope I can be challenging at the very sharp end. I wouldn’t have entered if I didn’t believe in myself and you can’t improve unless you’re competing against the top drivers in the world, so I’m looking forward to rising to the challenge.”