Four weeks after announcing to Nico Hülkenberg as its incorporation, star, Renault has been pruning the daisy on your second seat. Against all odds, and despite rumors that pointed to the pilots as disparate as Carlos Sainz, Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon, Sergey Sirotkin and Pierre Gasly, will be one of their current drivers, Jolyon Palmer, who occupies. The French brand has announced in an official statement Wednesday that Palmer will be repeated as a pilot owner in 2017, disputing with the brand of diamond his second season in Formula 1.
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In the words of Jerôme Stoll, head of operations of Renault Sport: “Jolyon has shown a hunger to develop with us as the team grows, and we’ve been impressed by their increasingly strong performances as he has advanced the season. We are confident that the combination of Jolyon and Nico Hülkenberg offers a power steering very promising to achieve our objectives, take advantage of the benefits of continuity and new blood. Having Nico as a companion push you to Jolyon to achieve greatest successes”. For its part, in the same press release, Palmer expresses her desire to reciprocate the trust received in the track:
“I’m in a cloud by being able to run a second year with Renault, and I hope to be able to reward on track to the faith the team has in my. Having worked at Enstone since 2015, I appreciate fully the development of the infrastructure this year, so I share the excitement of the team for 2017 and the new car. For me, it has been a learning curve lasts in Formula 1, and I know that I am riding better than ever and that there are still more to come”.
The british pilot, 25 years, came to Formula 1 with the endorsement of having won the GP2 in 2014, even though the have accomplished in his fourth season as champions previous Giorgio Pantano, Pastor Maldonado, Davide Valsecchi or Fabio Leimer, and your lack of great results prior (3rd in Formula Palmer Audi and runner-up in the Formula 2) raised suspicions about whether he had the necessary level.
Has taken part, up until the time in 18 grand prix, and, despite the difficult season that has passed through Renault, has withstood the comparison to Magnussen, considered the leader of the team. In the races that both have finished, the balance is to tie it at 6, and Palmer has experienced an improvement of results recently, ending the last five grands prix and adding to its first point in the Malaysian Grand Prix, in addition to getting into Q2 in the qualifying of Suzuka and Austin, to the detriment of their partner.
This announcement leaves officially out of the team for the next season a Magnussen who will need to seek accommodation in another computer. All the rumors point to that the Danish would take the place of Esteban Gutierrez in the second seat of Haas, but the only sure thing so far is that the adventure in Renault’s former McLaren, that has achieved seven of the eight points of the team with a seventh place in Russia and a tenth in Singapore, coming to an end. The Palmer will continue to.