Jolyon Palmer joins DAMS for 2014 GP2 title shot

Jolyon Palmer will switch to the DAMS team for a shot at the 2014 GP2 title

Jolyon Palmer joins DAMS for 2014 GP2 title shot

Palmer took two wins on his way to seventh in the 2013 standings with Carlin.

DAMS is retaining Stephane Richelmi as his team-mate.

Jean-Paul Driot's team took Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi to the 2011 and '12 GP2 crowns, but could only manage sixth with lead driver Marcus Ericsson this year.

"Our 2013 season was less fruitful than the two previous ones, but DAMS is still a top team and our hunger for victories and titles is greater than ever," said Droit.

"With this in mind I'm delighted to welcome Jolyon with whom we've been in contact for a long time and who had a great second half in the 2013 season.

"I'm also very pleased to keep Stephane with us, and I'm convinced that all the work we did with him this year will pay off in 2014.

"The experience and the evenly-matched capacities of these two drivers will enable us to fight at the front in the 2014 championship."

Palmer will be starting his fourth season of GP2, having previously finished runner-up in Formula 2 in 2010.

"I only have one objective for next year, which is to win the GP2 title, and I believe joining DAMS will give me the best opportunity to achieve that," he said.

"They have a great track record of leading drivers to F1 and I will be working extremely hard to follow Romain Grosjean and Davide Valsecchi and become DAMS' third GP2 champion in four years, and maximise my chances of securing an F1 drive for 2015."

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