Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer struggled to pass his driving test


26-year-old Jolyon Palmer may be the next British star of Formula One, but it seems he couldn't quite get to grips with his actual driving test.

You would imagine that an F1 driver must be comfortable behind the wheel of a car, but oh no, Palmer wasn't.

He has revealed all in an interview with The Sun, and has shockingly admitted to failing his driving test, not once, but twice.

He revealed: “It took me three times. I passed the theory first time. I booked the test so soon after my theory.

“I took a couple of lessons so I knew what the instructors were looking for, but it turned out to be a nightmare.

“The first time I failed, it was for cutting someone up at a roundabout and then jumping the lights.

“The second one, I kept it all squeaky clean and I was on for a good one when I came to a roundabout by the test centre.

“He was indicating to come off, so I went, but then he changed his mind and drove straight on and gave me a hoot, so I was pretty fuming at that. I passed the third one easily.”

Palmer finds himself in good company; Jenson Button failed his driving test on the first time, and Dutch driver Max Verstappen passed his driving test after competing in 14 Grand Prix races.


Lewis Hamilton the current world champion is famous for never passing his driving test.

Palmer has only ever owned an Audi A3 1.6 litre, which was written off when someone drove down the wrong side of the road.

"I was driving around a blind bend and then an elderly couple came round the corner on my side of the road.

"They thought it was a dual carriageway.

“They were nonchalantly driving along and the drove straight into me head-on and wrote my car off. I was only 19 and since then I have never owned a car.”


Palmer very nearly did not have a team for this season following his performance in Melbourne last year, and there was talk of Renault ditching the young driver for 2017.

Admitting that the talk of getting dropped distracted him, Palmer had been dreaming of driving Formula One car’s since his was a child. He did have a back-up plan, earning himself a degree in business.

On the experience of nearly getting dropped by Renault last year, Palmer explained: “You benefit from the experience. In my career, second-season syndrome has always been a positive thing.”

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