The Renault Sport F1 Team confirmed on Wednesday that they have extended Jolyon Palmer’s contract into the 2017 season.
The news means that Palmer will remain with the Enstone outfit for a second season alongside Nico Hulkenberg who has joined Renault from Force India for 2017. Speaking about the announcement, Palmer commented by saying:
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.
Renault Sport Racing Chairman Jerome Stroll commented by saying:
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. We are confident that the combination of Jolyon and Nico Hülkenberg offers a very promising driving force to meet our goals. Jolyon understands the team’s spirit and motivates everyone he works with. The line-up of Jolyon and Nico harnesses the benefits of continuity and fresh blood. I am sure that having Nico as a team-mate will help push Jolyon to greater achievements. We thank Kevin Magnussen for his efforts in 2016 as he has done a great job for us this year. We wish him all the best for 2017 and beyond.
In his statement Stroll spoke about Kevin Magnussen, the Dane looks set to to replace Esteban Gutierrez at the Haas F1 Team joining Romain Grosjean and the American outfit.