Lotus sign Palmer, Haas next?

Jolyon Palmer (GBR) Lotus F1 E23 Test and Reserve Driver. Belgian Grand Prix, Friday 21st August 2015. Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

Lotus F1 have signed their reserve driver, Joylon Palmer, for 2016. HEre is thed announcement:

Lotus F1 Team is pleased to announce that Third and Reserve driver Jolyon Palmer has been promoted to a race seat for the 2016 season, completing the team’s driver line-up alongside Pastor Maldonado.

Jolyon, 24, has driven for the team in the majority of this season’s Free Practice 1 sessions, and will be back in the E23 Hybrid at this weekend’s United States Grand Prix. He joined Lotus F1 Team in January, following an outstanding GP2 campaign in 2014 where he won the championship in dominant fashion, becoming the first British driver to win the GP2 Series since Lewis Hamilton in 2006.

Gerard Lopez, Chairman and Team Principal, Lotus F1 Team:
“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.”

Jolyon Palmer, 2015 Lotus F1 Team, Third and Reserve driver; 2016 race driver:
“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!”

Haas F1

Having spent the day in the paddock and with Ferrari, I had a chance to speak with the Italian team’s reserve driver, Esteban Gutierrez, about his 2016 hopes and it was all but a verbal statement that has him at Haas F1 for 2016.

While he couldn’t confirm it, he certainly said he has some big news for next year and smiled when Haas F1 was suggested. It would be a real surprise if it weren’t Haas but stranger things have happened in F1.

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Paul KieferJr

Why Gutierrez and not Magnussen? What advantage does he have that the other does not?



Tom Firth

Because Gutierrez is going to Haas and Palmer brings a) cash b) a fairly decent amount of talent and c) Is already associated with the team.

He’s not the best bet but he is the safer one.

Dr T

Awesome news for next year – if the GP2 champion can’t get an F1 race seat then there is a problem

Have really enjoyed listening to Joylon on Sky coverage and GP2 coverage this year


I still wonder why Haas is waiting so long to announce the last driver seat at his team. If it’s all said and done that the last seat will be from Ferrari’s camp, then why not just say who it is already. All this does for myself is wonder if the driver for the last seat is still up in the air and in negotiations. What if we see De la Rosa at Haas? Just saying.