Jolyon Palmer makes his Formula 1 race debut for Renault Sport Formula One Team, after performing Third Driver duties for the previous Enstone iteration of Lotus F1 Team in 2015.

He rose to Formula 1 on the back of his 2014 championship-winning GP2 season, as he became the first British driver to win the F1 feeder series since Lewis Hamilton in 2006. Driving for the successful French team DAMS, the now 25-year-old set a new record for the greatest number of points scored in a season with 256 points. He qualified on the front row seven times, won four races (at Bahrain, Monaco, Monza and Sochi) and secured an additional eight podium placings to win the championship with three races to spare.

Prior to GP2, Jolyon enjoyed an outstanding season in the 2010 FIA Formula 2 Championship where he finished runner-up after dominating the first half of the campaign. He pushed eventual champion Dean Stoneman all the way until the final round of the season, scoring five wins, ten podiums and five pole positions.

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2015 : Formula 1
Jolyon began his Formula 1 career with Lotus F1 Team, undergoing extensive free practice work alongside other Third Driver duties such as a simulator programme.

2011-2014 : GP2 Series
Champion with four wins, eight podiums and a series record of 256 points and 19 consecutive points finishes in 2014 to round off his GP2 season in style. The Brit had made his GP2 debut back in 2011, scoring a top ten finish on his debut at Abu Dhabi and continued to score highly in his first year. The following year, Jolyon partnered current Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson at the iSport International team. Electrical issues blighted his early season although a change of chassis fired Jolyon to a point-scoring sixth place in Monaco soon after before winning the following sprint race, also in the principality. 2013 proved a good precursor to his championship-winning season, grabbing the feature race victory in Hungary, dominating in Singapore and finishing seventh overall in the standings.

2009-2010 : FIA Formula 2 Championship
Jolyon took a best finish of sixth in his first year, and began his second year with victory at Silverstone as he became the first British F2 winner since his father Jonathan at Mugello in 1983. He continued to impress and had the championship lead by the third round at Monza before eventually slipping to second behind Dean Stoneman.

2007-2008 : Formula Palmer Audi
Jolyon finished 12th on his debut at Silverstone before improving to take wins at Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. A quad bike injury stopped him finishing his first season but he recovered to challenge for the title in 2008, eventually finishing third after winning at Spa and taking 11 podium finishes.

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