2014 F1

GP2 champion Palmer gets Force India test

Jolyon Palmer Force India F1 test
Force India is giving new GP2 champion Jolyon Palmer his F1 break.

We reported this week that although the 23-year-old won the sport’s feeder category this year, he is unlikely to make his F1 debut next year or even complete returning Caterham’s lineup for the Abu Dhabi finale this weekend.

He has, however, been given a chance to test in Abu Dhabi in the post-race test next week by Silverstone based team Force India.

“The son of former formula one driver Jonathan, (Palmer) will be looking to impress the team when he spends a full day in the car next Tuesday,” the team said in a statement on Wednesday.

Force India has already confirmed Nico Hulkenberg for 2015, but although talks with Sergio Perez are reportedly advanced, the Mexican’s future remains unclear for now.

Team supremo Vijay Mallya said: “I have been following Jolyon’s progress this season in GP2 and he is clearly a big talent that deserves a chance in formula one.”

Palmer commented: “This is a team that has always promoted talent and I hope this opportunity can lead to bigger things in the future.”

Force India’s Abu Dhabi test lineup will be completed by Australian Spike Goddard, a F3 driver. (GMM)

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