Jolyon Palmer says he can’t wait for next season after being handed a race seat with Lotus F1.
The team’s current third and reserve driver has been promoted to a full-time seat along side Pastor Maldonado for 2016.
The 24-year-old has impressed this season after motoring to a dominant victory in the F1 feeder-series GP2 last year.
Palmer said: “I’m obviously delighted that I’ll be racing in Formula 1 next year.
“Lotus F1 Team gave me a tremendous opportunity this season and I thank them for assisting my development to a level where they have put their trust in me for a crucial season in their evolution.
“I’ve enjoyed and learnt a lot from my year as Third and Reserve driver so I’m looking forward to putting this into practice as a race driver in 2016. I can’t wait for next season to get underway.”
Gerard Lopez, chairman and team principal of the Lotus F1 Team, said: “We are very pleased to announce that exciting British racing talent Jolyon Palmer is promoted to a race seat with the team for next season.
“We’ve seen Jolyon’s hard work and talent this season in the way he’s approached his third driver role and he is a really popular choice for the team.
“As well as having a great future ahead of him behind the wheel, Jolyon is an intelligent and highly marketable asset to the team. He deserves this opportunity, and everyone at Enstone is excited to see what he can achieve next year.”
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