Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Jolyon Palmer has confirmed that he will be driving in the opening Friday free practice sessions at each of the next five Grands Prix.

The Englishman, winner of last year’s GP2 Series crown, has sampled Lotus’ E23 Hybrid on a number of occasions this year, including the Chinese, Bahrain and Spanish Grands Prix FP1 sessions.

“I’m really looking forward to driving the E23 again in FP1 and then at the in-season test in Austria especially after not having been in the cockpit these past couple of races,” he said.

In addition to next weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix, Palmer will add the British, Hungarian, Belgian and Italian Grands Prix to his roster, along with the post-Austrian Grand Prix in-season test at the Red Bull Ring.

“The pace of the car looked very strong in Montreal so the car has come on quite well since the last in-season testing I did in Barcelona,” he added, referring to the team’s first double-points’ finish of the season at last weekend’s Canadian Grand Prix.

“It’ll be good for me to do some more mileage and be in a more competitive car since the last time I drove it.”

It is expected that Palmer will have further FP1 outings in the final flyaway events in Asia and the Americas.

Image via Lotus F1 Team

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