Jolyon Palmer is to keep his seat at Renault for a second season it has been revealed by Motorsport.com this afternoon.
The British driver in his first season in Formula One has found it tough going this year, in a car which has been uncompetitive and at the back of the field. With Nico Hulkenberg joining the team next season, it was expected the seat would be between Palmer and his current teammate Kevin Magnussen, but the Danish driver is expected to move to Haas after loosing patience with the Renault management.
A statement by Renault said: “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. Having worked out of Enstone since 2015 I can fully appreciate the development of the infrastructure this year. This means I share the excitement of the team looking to 2017 and our new car. 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. There is tremendous drive and enthusiasm in Enstone and Viry looking to next year and I am honoured to be part of this.”
A number of other high profile drivers were also linked to Renault, including Carlos Sainz who stayed with Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez who remained at Force India, and Esteban Ocon who is expected to land the second seat at Force India alongside Perez.
It leaves the two Sauber seats (expected now to be retained by Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson), and the two Manor seats available.