Going wheel to wheel in F1 with his own brother would be a "dream", Jolyon Palmer has admitted. The son of former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, 25-year-old Briton Jolyon is making his grand prix debut this year with the new Renault works team.
But his younger brother Will is also racing through the single seater ranks, his latest achievement being the British Formula 4 title of 2015. "It would be a dream to be racing in formula one and have my brother there as well," said Jolyon, referring to his 18-year-old sibling. "It's a distant dream for now," he told the Telegraph.
But before Palmer and Palmer can begin to think about emulating the past feats of brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher, it will be up to the older brother to hang onto his Renault seat beyond his single-year deal. Jolyon's motor racing career was almost derailed completely at the age of 16, when a quad-biking accident resulted in him losing a kidney. "Good weight-saving -- maybe I should tell the engineers," he joked.
But now, the challenge is surviving F1. "Formula one is such a difficult world," he admitted. "You have to look after yourself a lot because that's what everyone else is doing. If you don't, then you'll get spat out the other end." (GMM)
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