Renault confirms that it will retain Jolyon Palmer for the 2017 Formula 1 season. Palmer will join the recently-announced Nico Hülkenberg to complete the team’s driver line-up for next year.
Twenty-five year old Jolyon Palmer won the GP2 Series in 2014 and joined Renault as the third driver at the start of the 2015 season, graduating to race driver in 2016. He has started 18 grand prix to date, scoring his first world championship point at this year’s Malaysian GP.
“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,” says Jérôme Stoll, Renault Sport Racing Chairman.
“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.”
Palmer is delighted to be racing with Renault for a second year and is keen to reward the team for trusting him. “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.”