Jolyon Palmer will race for the iSport International team in the 2012 GP2 Series it has been announced.
The 20-year-old Briton raced for Arden International in his rookie GP2 campaign in 2011, after finishing runner-up in the FIA Formula Two Championship the previous year. After failing to score any points during the year he switched to the Addax squad for the GP2 Final at Abu Dhabi last month and scored a podium finish in the feature race before finishing fourth in the sprint race.
But the son of former Grand Prix driver Jonathan Palmer will race for the Norfolk-based iSport outfit instead next year, joining Swede Marcus Ericsson in the team's lineup. Palmer previously drove for the team in post-season testing in Jerez in September.
“I’m delighted to be joining iSport for my second GP2 season,” said Palmer. “I learnt a lot with Arden last year and now I'm aiming for the top three in the championship. iSport are a proven front-running team in GP2 and I have experience running with them in winter testing, so I am sure we will work well together to achieve this goal.
“The calendar this year is great and the prospect of racing in Malaysia and Singapore is extremely exciting. I must say thanks to my sponsors and also to iSport for showing faith in me. I know that I need to repay them with results this year if I am going to continue my progress towards my F1 goal. I can’t wait to get started!”
iSport team principal Paul Jackson commented: “Having tested with Jolyon twice now and watched his progress during 2011 up to his impressive podium in Abu Dhabi, we are delighted that he will be joining iSport for the coming season.
“With his rookie season under his belt, it is the right time for him to be looking for consistent podiums and regular points hauls that will put him in contention for the championship. Jolyon has shown a good work ethic and an ability to learn and apply the results of testing, so we expect to see the results of that bear fruit early on.”