Jolyon Palmer press release
Southwater racer aiming high after impressive pre-season form
West Sussex GP2 driver Jolyon Palmer is aiming to get his season off to a flying start this weekend with a podium finish during the opening rounds of the season in Malaysia.
Jolyon, who lives in Southwater, will contest his second full season of the F1 feeder series this year with the iSport team, following a promising rookie campaign in 2011 with Arden. Racing on the same bill as the Formula One World Championship, Jolyon joins a field of 26 top international drivers for rounds one and two on 24/25 March at the Sepang circuit.
The 21-year-old, who ended last year by securing a superb maiden podium at the GP2 Finals event in Abu Dhabi, has been preparing for the new season with a rigorous training and testing regime. Jolyon has completed six days of testing in Jerez and Barcelona this year, where he impressed against a highly competitive field to finish fifth and ninth fastest overall respectively.
Jolyon commented: “Pre-season testing was very encouraging and we showed we have the pace to compete at the front this year. I’m aiming for a top three finish in the championship which is a tough challenge as there are always top quality drivers in GP2. However, with a year's experience already under my belt and running with a top team like iSport I think it’s achievable.
“I’m very excited to be travelling to Malaysia for the first time and I aim to be battling for podium finishes this weekend.”