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Palmer Secures Lotus Drive for 2016

Former GP2 Chamption and Lotus Test and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer was announced as Lotus’ second driver alongside Pastor Maldonado for 2016.

A seat at Lotus opened up when Romain Grosjean signed with Haas F1 for 2016. With Renault planning a take over of Lotus which is set to be finalised towards the end of the year, there were a few drivers linked with the Lotus seat. Palmer has managed to come out on top.

Having driven some of the FP1 sessions for Lotus and attending test days, Palmer is no stranger to the team and was very happy about his signing.

“It feels pretty unbelievable!,” Palmer exclaimed.

“It’s been such a long journey and I’m so glad to have been confirmed as a race driver with the team next year,” he added

“A lot of hard work has gone into preparing for this to happen and into proving what I’m capable of delivering.

“I’m very grateful to everyone who has so far helped me at the team; I’m now looking forward to 2016 and to build on the experience that I already have.”

When asked about his preparations for 2016, Palmer said that he could not wait to get going.

“I’ll be doing everything I can over the winter to be the fittest and healthiest I’ve ever been and give it my best shot in 2016.

“I’m now super motivated and excited. It’s just great that I’ll be carrying on with the team and be a race driver next year.

“I can’t wait to be on the grid in Melbourne in 2016!”

About Ritesh K Bhana

Ritesh likes to think he is a true Tifosi, but he still remains fair to other teams. He supports two other teams which are not Red Bull and McLaren. Follow Ritesh on twitter @Humanshield_1

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