Standout Monaco win and podiums in UK and Italy point F1 future

West Sussex racer Jolyon Palmer’s GP2 campaign came to a conclusion in Singapore last weekend, as a gearbox failure in race 1 and a reckless move by Johnny Cecotto Jnr left him with two retirements after an excellent performance in qualifying meant he started fourth on the grid.

Jolyon Palmer, race winner at Monaco
Jolyon Palmer, race winner at Monaco

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Nevertheless, Jolyon finished 11th overall in the drivers’ standings, having enjoyed much success in his second year in the F1-feeder series with a maiden win at Monaco, plus two further podiums and 12 top 10 finishes.

Jolyon’s points tally would have been considerably higher were it not for a recurring electrical issue that struck multiple times during the early rounds – repeatedly causing his car’s engine to cut out and denying him a number of strong results.

Following numerous attempts to fix the issue, eventually his car was completely rebuilt in time for round five – the showpiece event of the season at Monaco. Finally, Jolyon was able to show his true potential and he duly delivered with a top six in the opening Feature Race followed by a magnificent maiden win in the Sprint Race one day later. “This is just incredible!” said a delighted Palmer afterwards. “I think we've been pretty quick all weekend, and pretty confident around here, and it's an incredible track to take my first win on! My first main series podium as well, and I'm really thankful for the team: the car has been really quick, finally it's been reliable, and it's really, really paid off!”

Soon after Jolyon secured another podium, this time at his home round at Silverstone where he successfully mastered a treacherous circuit deluged by rain. More recently, he picked up his third podium of the year at Italy’s legendary Monza circuit.

Jolyon has firmly established himself as one of the UK’s leading driving talents and a future star of F1. At Singapore he told BBC F1’s Jake Humphrey: “Everyone in GP2 is itching to get into F1 and I really want to have my chance! This year has been a good one for me but we’ve probably not done quite enough to get into F1 just yet, so maybe we’ll spend another year in GP2.”

Source: Jolyon Palmer