BRDC Formula 4 champion Palmer moving to Formula Renault with ART

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Will Palmer will compete in the Formula Renault Eurocup and NEC categories this year after agreeing to race with the ART Junior Team

BRDC Formula 4 champion Palmer moving to Formula Renault with ART

Palmer dominated the BRDC Formula 4 Championship last season with 12 wins from 24 races, and will contest both Eurocup and NEC campaigns in full - which will include a visit to Monaco as part of the Formula 1 grand prix weekend.

The 18-year-old has previous experience of Formula Renault machinery, having raced with ART in the Eurocup rounds at Silverstone in 2015.

"I think by doing both campaigns I get a lot of racing so that's a lot of time to learn and improve - and also just learn a lot of European circuits," Palmer told Autosport.

"By doing NEC as well, between the two I'll be doing pretty much every European F1 track which will be helpful for whatever I do in the future.

"I've known ART since I did the wildcard round at Silverstone when I did the Eurocup and I got on really well with them then.

"They seemed like a great team and we've been having discussions for the last couple of months for next year and in the end it turned out to be the best option - they've got a very good engineering base and they're a great team of people.

"I'm sure they'll be able to provide me with a car capable of fighting for wins."

Palmer had more than one test in European Formula 3 machinery during the winter, while he also sampled GP3 cars - again with ART as well as Arden and DAMS - in the post season series test as part of his prize for clinching BRDC F4 honours.

But pointing to the domination of leading team Prema in Formula 3 in recent years, Palmer felt that his Formula Renault move was a wiser one in the interest of his future career prospects.

"The main thing for me is looking at the long-term picture," he said.

"Realistically doing Formula 3 you need to be with Prema to win it, which does make it difficult to move into a series like that when these seats are so hard to get and it's so expensive as well for the budget.

"I think it's better to do a championship where I can really fight for victories and for the championship straight away, which I wasn't sure I'd be able to do in Formula 3 given the situation with teams and as well.

"It's a very tough championship for rookies so I felt like given the extra racing I get with Formula Renault it's a better platform to launch into other series."

Palmer will line up against fellow Briton Lando Norris, who won the rival MSA Formula title last season, the 16-year-old having agreed to race with Josef Kaufmann Racing in November of last year.

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