Jolyon Palmer Is Now A Commentator For BBC 5 Live

Jolyon Palmer Is Now A Commentator For BBC 5 Live

The former Renault driver could not find a seat for 2018, but has found an alternative way back into Formula 1

Ex-Formula 1 driver Jolyon Palmer has been announced as part of the BBC’s radio commentary line-up for the 2018 season.

Palmer, who started 35 races for Renault between 2016 and 2017 before losing his seat to Carlos Sainz Jr., will join current presenters Jack Nicholls and Jennie Gow, whilst also assuming the role of analyst on the BBC Sport website.

Palmer has previous experience in the media, having been a co-commentator for the GP2 Series and several F1 Free Practice sessions with Sky Sports F1 during his stint as Lotus’s third driver in 2015.

Palmer was dropped by Renault at before the end of the season
Palmer was dropped by Renault at before the end of the season

Speaking after the official announcement, the 27-year-old revealed his happiness with his new full-time role.

“I’ve worked with Jennie and Jack a lot but am more used to being grilled by them,” said Palmer.

“It’s going to be great joining them in the commentary team and to get to ask the questions myself!

“I’m fascinated to see how the inter-team rivalry plays out and hope I’ll be able to bring my own knowledge of the personalities involved to shed further light on the relationships.”

Is this the start of a career change for Jolyon or will we see him back in F1 one day? Let us know what you think.