Jonathan Palmer

Jonathan Charles Palmer ( born November 7, 1956 in London) is an entrepreneur and former British racing driver. He is the father of racing driver Jolyon Palmer.


After his studies at the Academy in Brighton and his doctorate Dr. Jonathan Palmer worked as a doctor in London. Around the same time he went into motor sports. He won the 1981 British Formula 3 Championship and 1983 European Championship in Formula 2 next to Mike Thackwell in a team with a Ralt - Honda.

Between 1983 and 1989 he was named for a total of 88 races in Formula 1, but could not qualify in four races and took no part in the Grand Prix of San Marino 1985. He won 14 world championship points and a best finish a 4th place. In 1985 he moved from RAM to Zakspeed. He drove in 1989 in Japan His last F1 race. Then he denied, among other things some Rallycross race with a Ford RS200.

After his racing career he worked from mid-1993 for a few years at the BBC as a television commentator, where he replaced the recently deceased James Hunt.

In 1998, Palmer, the racing series Formula Palmer Audi, also known as Palmer Audi or FPA, are used in the single-seater vehicles with 1.8 -liter turbo engine from Audi and an output of around 300 hp. Most famous FPA an apprentice is the former Formula 1 and Champ Car driver Justin Wilson, as well as driver Gary Paffett and Andy Priaulx collected in this series experiences.

MotorSport Vision, a company under the direction of Palmer, is now the owner and operator of several race tracks in the UK, such as Brands Hatch, Snetterton Circuit, Cadwell Park, Oulton Park and Bedford Autodrome the.

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  • Formula 1 racing driver ( UK )
  • English
  • Briton
  • Born in 1956
  • Man
  • Drivers in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
  • World Sports Car Championship racer