Jolyon Palmer announces race number for rookie F1 season

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Jolyon Palmer has announced that he will race with the number 30 for his debut season in Formula 1.

After winning the GP2 Series title in 2014 with DAMS, Palmer took up a reserve role with Lotus in F1 last year that saw him partake in 13 practice sessions.

Following Romain Grosjean’s decision to walk away from Lotus and join NASCAR team co-owner Gene Haas’ new F1 operation, Palmer was promoted into a race seat for the 2016 season alongside Pastor Maldonado.

Although Maldonado’s future is looking increasingly bleak amid reports that he will be replaced by Kevin Magnussen, Palmer remains set to make his F1 debut in Australia this March.

On Saturday, the Briton took to Twitter to announce his race number for the season ahead.

In a new rule introduced back in 2014, drivers race with a unique number for the entirety of their F1 careers.

The defending champion can elect to race with the no. 1, but has the right not to, as done so by Lewis Hamilton in both of the past two years.