Palmer: Too early for 2016 talks


Jolyon Palmer is keen to step up into a race-seat for 2016 but has revealed he has yet to enter talks as it is "really early days".

The British racer got his break into Formula 1 this season with the Lotus team, signed as their official reserve and test driver.

That role has not only meant Palmer has driven the E23 during test sessions but, unlike many other reserve drivers, he's also taken part in several FP1 sessions.

But while he admits he is enjoying life with Lotus, his next goal is to ensure that he's racing in 2016.

"I'm pleased with my role here," quotes Palmer as having said.

"I always say it's important to get as much track time as possible. The team is giving quite a lot at the moment, which is really good to me. This was I need to do to learn and improve.

"I don't want to be a third driver next year. I want to be racing. But for now, at least I'm happy that of all the third drivers out there I'm getting the most running."

Palmer, though, added that it is still too early in the year to start speaking with other teams about the possibility of a 2016 race-seat.

"Obviously I'm talking to Lotus because I want to race with Lotus. But I'm talking with them because I'm working with them all the time. It's really early days.

"I think over the next few months, people will start talking about next year, but it's normally after the summer break really.

"For now, I'm just trying to do the best job I can. There is a long way to go really, but just trying to impress everyone I can."