F1: Palmer confirms Renault F1 departure after Japanese GP

09 October, 2017, 00:36 | Author: Douglas Reid
  • Carlos Sainz Malaysian GP 2017

"I would like to thank Carlos for all his efforts over nearly three Formula 1 seasons", said Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost.

Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, for which Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole, will be Jolyon Palmer's last for Renault.

Daniil Kvyat will return to Toro Rosso after two races out and partner Pierre Gasly, who will not contest the Super Formula finale as a result.

Sainz was set to join from Toro Rosso at the end of the 2017 season anyway but Renault ended months of speculation over the struggling Briton at Suzuka by bringing the move forward. "He has shown great personal qualities and we wish him all the best in his future career".

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director, added: "I would like to thank Jolyon for his commitment to the team and his professionalism". "I've been with the team now for three years so it's a shame not to be going to Austin with them". "I'm looking forward to working with m", said Sainz in official communiqué of Toro Rosso, where he wanted to thank Red Bull and promised to look for a big farewell in Suzuka, despite starting from penultimate position of grill.

"We will go our separate ways and I will work on something else for my future".

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All of those were scored in one race, in Singapore where he was sixth out of just 12 finishers, leaving 15 other complete blanks.

Palmer carried a 20-place grid penalty into his final race.

Toro Rosso said Kvyat had been recalled to the race seat for the United States race, but did not specify a plan for its line-up for the remainder of the season.

Regarding his race through the field, Palmer stated; "From 18th on the grid, I think finishing 12th is about as good as we could of done, apart from if we didn't have the VSC at the end [deployed for Lance Stroll's stricken Williams] and had one more lap".

The Brit was going to be replaced by Carlos Sainz, but why hang around for the inevitable? Therefore, on behalf of everyone at Toro Rosso, I wish him all the very best with his new team.

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