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Palmer found out about lost Renault seat through online article

  • Published on 16 Sep 2017 09:05
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Jolyon Palmer has revealed that he found out about his Renault sacking after he saw an article online. On Friday, Renault announced that it had signed Carlos Sainz for the 2018 season, with the Spaniard in to partner Nico Hulkenberg.

Palmer's future has been questioned for many months after he has failed to match the pace of teammate Hulkenberg. The Brit is yet to outqualify Hulkenberg, and has not yet recorded a top ten finish. It is not yet known whether Palmer will see out the season with Renault, with some suggesting that Sainz will be racing for the French squad in Malaysia.

"I knew when I read it on Autosport, and then I knew it was true as well, I spoke to some people. That was it," Palmer said. "Of course I knew with the job I’d done this year, the team is looking for other people, because it’s been a tough year. But you never know until it’s over.

"I could have thought the same thing last year at times as well. So you have to dig in and do the best you can, and I’m still going to do the same. I’m going to give it my all and seven races like I said to do the best I can and even though I’m not staying here and I’ve got no chance to stay here, nothing changes from a performance point of view."

Palmer's future in Formula 1 looks very bleak, with Williams his only real remaining chance of securing a seat for next year. The 2014 GP2 champion admitted that he was disappointed not to be informed about his departure from Renault themselves, but will not think too much on it.

"It was a bit of a shame. I don’t even know who leaked it to the media, but the media have their ways, I know," he said. "It doesn’t change the outcome, to be honest."


Fergal Walsh

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  • Harryw

    Posts: 107

    Simply unprofessional and unacceptable. He deserved better than that and surprised by Renault. Hope he gets a shot at a smaller team

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 09:31
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    I agree. However this just shows that F1 is a hard bussiness. So if drivers want to move to different teams you have to think of cases were this happens. He will land a ride somewhere hopefully in an competitive spot wherever it is.

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 10:17
  • I am sure he knew it was coming......

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 11:04
    • Jutlandia

      Posts: 191

      Spot on.
      After he learned that he was only offerd the seat after KMAG rejected it because Renault only wanted to make a 1 year contract.
      I have difficulties to think that Saintz is that fantastic.
      Any comments on that?

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      • Sep 16 2017 - 12:46
  • mbmwe36

    Posts: 533

    Renault is a team entirely without class. McLaren is pretty much the same at this point. They deserve each other.
    Sucks for Palmer. If he knew it was coming is irrelevant, he's been there for 2 years, he more than deserved the courtesy of being told face to fave.

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    • Sep 16 2017 - 13:39

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