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Inter-team battle at Renault hotting up

  • Published on 27 Oct 2016 17:55
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  • By: Dominik Wilde

Jolyon Palmer has said that Nico Hulkenberg's impending arrival at Renault has intensified the battle between him and team mate Kevin Magnussen.

Both drivers are fighting to secure their future in the team, with only one seat left and a number of drivers from outside the team also being linked with the drive.

"Fighting your teammate is quite tense for the battle for next year," Palmer told Autosport. "There's probably an extra element between the two of us to finish ahead.

"I'm still pushing to show the best I can and hopefully that's for Renault [next year], if not then I need to show the best I can for everyone else. There's a lot to play for. I hope it's not too late."

The Brit, who is also being linked with moves to Sauber and Manor insists he has upped his game since it became apparent his future was on the line.

"Since the summer break, even going back to Budapest before the break, my performances have been much stronger," he said. "Every weekend now I'm right there, and the race pace is much stronger.

"I'm showing everything I can, and I hope it's enough. I'm pleased with my qualifying now to be on a really good run, and the pace in the last three races was good."

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  • He is a worker, I think, not so much a highly gifted racer. In the second part of the season he equaled Kevin or surpassed him. I think he will be the one that stays.

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    • Oct 28 2016 - 12:57

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