user icon

Frederic Vasseur: "Our driver line up for 2017 shows our intent"

  • Published on 17 Dec 2016 10:15
  • comments 2
  • By: Fergal Walsh

Team principal at Renault Frederic Vasseur believes that the team's driver line up for next season shows thier intent.

Nico Hulkenberg will leave Force India after three consecutive years racing at the Silverstone based team to join Renault in search of a new challenge.

Renault also decided to retain Jolyon Palmer, who completed his maiden season in Formula One in 2016. Renault initially approached Kevin Magnussen, but after the Dane felt there was no commitment offered from the team, he left to join Haas.

“Our driver line up for 2017 shows our intent and aspirations," Vasseur said. "Nico comes to the team at a perfect time for both us and him. He has experience of working with different teams, including those we expect to be our rivals next season.

"As well as a significant amount of experience, he has youth and hunger on his side. He has been a driver hungry for the right opportunity to help build a team and we are that team. It’s a perfect match.

“Jolyon has shown great development over the course of his rookie season with us, combined with his motivating approach and team spirit, and we feel we have a very good driver line-up for what we want to achieve in 2017.”

Replies (2)

Login to reply
  • Jutlandia

    Posts: 191

    Fred, are you trying to fool us?
    Hulk may be a good move but Palmer?
    Everybody knows that at least 5 or 6 drivers was asked before Kev was asked.
    But he had the nerve to say no to a 1 year deal, and then made a 2 year contract with Haas.
    So last option was Palmer. Do you think we are idiots, Fred?

    • + 1
    • Dec 17 2016 - 21:11
    • You're right, Jutlandia. Renault made a stupid decission to let Kevin go. He was obviously much better than Palmer.

      I think they are simply using Palmer's money now to pay Hülkenberg. In 2018, when they have developed their car and will probably more sponsors, they will most likely sack Palmer and replace him with a decent driver.

      • + 0
      • Dec 18 2016 - 01:04

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

BE Grand Prix of Belgium

Local time 

Related news

World Championship standings 2021

Show full world champion standings

Test calendar

Bahrain International Circuit - Winter testing

See full test schedule

Give your opinion!

Will Bottas challenge Hamilton for the world championship in 2020?

Driver profile

  • Team Renault
  • Points 289
  • Podiums 0
  • Grand Prix 105
  • Country Germany
  • Date of b. Aug 19 1987 (33)
  • Place of b. Emmerich am Rhein, Germany
  • Weight 70 kg
  • Length 1.84 m
Show full profile

Team profile

Show full profile

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix
Circuit
-
Bahrain
26 - Mar 28
Bahrain
16 - Apr 18
Italy
7 - May 9
Spain
21 - May 23
Monaco
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan
18 - Jun 20
France
25 - Jun 27
Austria
2 - Jul 4
Austria
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom
30 - Aug 1
Hungary
27 - Aug 29
Belgium
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands
10 - Sep 12
Italy
24 - Sep 26
Russian
1 - Oct 3
Singapore
8 - Oct 10
Japan
22 - Oct 24
United States of America
29 - Oct 31
Mexico
5 - Nov 7
Brazil
19 - Nov 21
Australia
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates
See full schedule

Formula 1 Calendar - 2021

Date
Grand Prix & Circuit
26 - Mar 28
16 - Apr 18
7 - May 9
21 - May 23
Monaco Monte Carlo
4 - Jun 6
Azerbaijan Baku City Circuit
18 - Jun 20
France Paul Ricard
25 - Jun 27
Austria Red Bull Ring
2 - Jul 4
Austria Red Bull Ring
16 - Jul 18
United Kingdom Silverstone
30 - Aug 1
Hungary Hungaroring
27 - Aug 29
3 - Sep 5
Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort
10 - Sep 12
Italy Monza
24 - Sep 26
Russian Sochi Autodrom
1 - Oct 3
8 - Oct 10
22 - Oct 24
United States of America Circuit of the Americas
29 - Oct 31
5 - Nov 7
Brazil Interlagos
19 - Nov 21
Australia Albert Park
3 - Dec 5
Saudi Arabia Jeddah Street Circuit
10 - Dec 12
United Arab Emirates Yas Marina Circuit
See full schedule
show sidebar