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Cyril Abiteboul: "We need two drivers who are able to score points"

  • Published on 30 May 2017 10:34
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul has admitted that Jolyon Palmer's future at Renault is not secure as the Brit continues to struggle. Palmer joined Renault at the start of 2016 after being a test driver in their previous name, Lotus.

Since his debut 27 races ago, Palmer has only scored in the points once, Malaysia 2016. Last year he was outperformed by Kevin Magnussen and this year has been blitzed so far by new teammate Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg has scored 14 points for the team while the 2014 GP2 champion is yet to get inside the top ten.

Abiteboul told the French-language agency AFP: "We need two drivers who are able to score points. We're doing what's right for Jolyon to get him through this difficult phase. We are extremely supportive and there is no plan, but we are in an ultra-competitive environment and everyone has the pressure of results. For now, we give ourselves time to analyse the situation," he added.

There are also reports that Palmer may not see the end of the season. With junior driver Sergey Sirotkin lingering in the sidelines, some feel that Palmer's opportunity to impress has come and gone, and Renault could go for something different. 

 

Fergal Walsh

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  • ianf1

    Posts: 185

    The writing's on the wall for JP, they've been more than patient with him. The yardstick is always your teammate and he's fallen short so far.

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    • May 30 2017 - 11:03
    • Agreed... I kept faith in him for as long as I could but I think he's had more than enough time to prove himself

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      • May 30 2017 - 11:06
    • Wolfgang

      Posts: 313

      yes. look for example how Ocon performs alongside Perez. Just swap JP and Fernando. :-) Fernando back at Renault and JP @ McLaren alongside Stoffel..

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      • May 30 2017 - 11:29
    • HEINZ

      Posts: 61

      I dont even know how Palmer got a seat for this season! What were they thinking?
      I agree with Fernando going there straight away. For McLaren any driver would fit at this point, they dont get to the end of the race anyway...

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      • May 30 2017 - 12:43
    • Sirhenry

      Posts: 759

      First they need to build a stronger engine...this year, agian, Renault...s??cks

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      • Jun 1 2017 - 07:24
  • Bhurt

    Posts: 320

    What they need is for someone competent to perform the job Cyril is supposed to perform.

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    • May 30 2017 - 16:20
  • Sirhenry

    Posts: 759

    Should have got Frijns

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    • Jun 1 2017 - 07:25

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