Date: 26th October 2015 at 9:00am
Written by:

Britain will have another driver on the Formula One grid in 2016.

2014 GP2 series champion Jolyon Palmer will replace Romain Grosjean at Enstone to partner Pastor Maldonado at the team, following the Frenchman’s decision to leave the team in favour of 2016 newbies Haas F1.

The team is currently going through the process of a takeover, which would see French manufacturer Renault take back a controlling interest in the Lotus team.

The 24-year-old has earned the role after acting as Lotus’ reserve driver this season, taking part in a number of free practice sessions, gaining experience behind the wheel of a Formula One car.

‘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,’ Palmer told the media.

‘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!’