November 10, 2016 @ 05:49 PM

Jolyon Palmer to remain with Renault F1 for the 2017 season

Palmer will be joined by Hulkenberg for 2017 while Magnussen leaves for Haas F1

As we inch towards the end of the 2016 Formula 1 season, all eyes are set on the competing teams to see if there will be any new faces on board for the 2017 season. Things are already getting pretty interesting over at Renault where despite enjoying a good stint over at Force India, Nico Hulkenberg has been confirmed to fill one of the driver seats for the French outfit.

With Kevin Magnussen leaving the team in favour of Haas F1, Renault Sport Formula One is proud to announce that they will retain Jolyon Palmer for the 2017 season. The 25-year-old driver got his first shot as a driver in Formula 1 back in 2015 where he was selected to be the Third Driver for the Lotus F1 team and graduated to race driver the following year at Renault.

“We are delighted to retain Jolyon as our driver for the 2017 season. Jolyon has shown his hunger to develop with us as the team grows and we have been impressed with his increasingly strong performances on track as the season has progressed,” said Jerome Stoll, the Chairman of Renault Sport Racing.

“I’m over the moon to be racing with Renault Sport Formula One Team for a second season and I can’t wait to reward the team’s faith in me on track,” said Palmer. “For me, it’s been a steep learning curve driving in Formula 1 and I know that I am performing better than ever, and that there’s still more to come,” he added.

The son of former Formula 1 driver and major UK circuit owner Jonathan Palmer, Palmer started racing at the age of 13 and had entered numerous series since then like the T Cars Autumn Trophy, Formula Palmer Audi and the FIA Formula Two. Making his GP2 debut in 2011 and securing the title in 2014, Palmer got his first taste in Formula 1 with Force India at the post-season testing later in the same year.

Since then, Palmer has started 18 Grand Prixes to date and the best display from the young driver has got to be the on this year’s Malaysian Grand Prix where he scored his first World Championship point.

Hussein Zain


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