Lotus reserve driver Jolyon Palmer will participate in the first practice session this weekend at the Spanish Grand Prix, as well as the post-race test held next Tuesday and Wednesday.

The 24-year-old reigning GP2 champion substituted for Romain Grosjean during the first practice sessions in China and Bahrain, and performed strongly against his more experienced team-mate Pastor Maldonado.

In Bahrain, Palmer finished the session just over four tenths off Maldonado’s best time in FP1. Since Palmer has already driven the E23 in Barcelona in the pre-season test, signs point to another strong outing for the Briton.

Following the Grand Prix, Palmer will drive for the team again on the second day of the in-season test on Wednesday.

“I am really pleased to be back in the car for Barcelona,” Palmer said.

“It is nice to be back at the track, having already driven the car there in the official pre-season test back in February.

“After a three-week gap since Bahrain, I’m already looking forward to starting the weekend.”

Barcelona will be Palmer’s third practice session for the Lotus outfit, which is a good sign considering last year’s reserve driver Charles Pic only got the single outing at Monza.

Image via Lotus F1 Team

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