Japanese Grand Prix – Renault’s Jolyon Palmer has confirmed that he will not compete for the team following the race in Suzuka.
In a social media post from the Briton, he announced that the Japanese Grand Prix would be his final appearance for the French team.
Following a turbulent season for the 2014 GP2 champion, Palmer’s Formula One future has been in doubt for some time, with Renault confirming at the Singapore Grand Prix that they will partner Carlos Sainz and Nico Hulkenberg for 2018.
It was suggested that Palmer could make way before the end of the season to facilitate an early driver switch, however Palmer has repeatedly refuted this.
Despite his resilience, it now appears that Renault will be free to use another driver following the Japanese Grand Prix after Palmer confirmed his departure through Instagram.
His statement read:
“Tomorrow’s Japanese GP will be my last race for Renault. With my grid penalty I’ll be starting near the back but I will be giving it my all as always. Thanks everyone for the support during the last 2 years, it means a lot!”
As yet, no statement has been released by the team regarding their driver plans. However, this could facilitate an early switch for Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.
In turn, this scenario would likely see Toro Rosso partner Pierre Gasly and Daniil Kvyat for the rest of the season, with the pair likely to be confirmed for 2018 anyway.
Palmer joined the Renault team for 2015 in a test and reserve driver role, before being promoted to full-time driver in 2016 alongside Kevin Magnussen.
He retained his seat alongside Nico Hulkenberg for 2017, but he has generally been out-performed by his team-mate in a season which has also seen poor reliability for the Briton.