Jonathan Palmer, Dr

Jonathan Palmer, Dr

Doctor Jonathan Palmer is a former racing driver from England. Educated at Brighton College, he won the 1981 British Formula Three Championship and the 1983 Formula Two championship.

He participated in 87 Formula One grand prix, debuting on September 25, 1983. He scored a total of 14 championship points, with a career best finish of 4th.

In 1987 he won the Jim Clark Cup for drivers without turbocharged engines, with team-mate Philippe Streiff his main rival. He also had a spell as McLaren test driver in 1990.

Before opting for a career in motor racing, Palmer qualified and worked as a doctor in London.

After retiring from driving Palmer was drafted in as a commentator by the BBC in mid-1993 to replace James Hunt who died of a heart attack shortly after the Canadian Grand Prix.

Although his commentary alongside veteran Murray Walker was knowledgeable and articulate, when coverage moved to ITV in 1997 Palmer was replaced by Martin Brundle.

Palmer is the name behind the Formula Palmer Audi open wheel racing series in the UK, and has managed the career of its inaugural champion Justin Wilson for some time.

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