The Sahara Force India F1 Team has confirmed that newly-crowned GP2 Series champion Jolyon Palmer and Australian Formula 3 racer Richard ‘Spike’ Goddard will drive at the final open test session following this weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Spike Goddard

Spike Goddard

Palmer (pictured above) is well-known as the GP2 Series’ newest champion and son of former F1 racer Jonathan Palmer, while Goddard is certainly a more obscure figure. The American-born Australian has achieved little in his two years of racing in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, and while he did win the rookie crown in the 2012 British F3 championship, it was against a thin field.

It would be fair to say that Goddard probably does not have Formula 1 potential and thus one must assume that a sum of money is being exchanged for the outing.

Goddard’s motorsport career comes in no small part to the significant funding being brought by his father Bruce, who headed Barclays Global Investors (BGI) in the late 1990s before it was sold back to the Barclays group for $13.5 billion.

Some of those personal profits Goddard Sr earned went into founding a financial firm called Vinva which has helped fund his youngest son’s motorsport career.

Image via XPB Images

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.