Renault: Palmer's F1 future in his hands

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

Cyril Abiteboul says Renault is open to retaining Jolyon Palmer for the 2018 Formula One season, providing he can turn around his disappointing form in the remainder of the year.

The Briton has endured a substandard campaign during the first half of 2017 and has been comprehensively out-performed by Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg. Palmer has failed to score a point so far this year, nor has he been able to out-qualify Hulkenberg, who has recorded all of the French manufacturer's 26 points this campaign.

Palmer's poor form has ramped up speculation regarding his F1 future, with his current contract with Renault set to expire at the end of the season. Rumours that Palmer could be replaced have intensified ever since Renault began assessing whether Robert Kubica could complete a sensational return to the sport on a full-time basis -- which included a test run in Renault's 2017 challenger, the RS17, during last week's post-Hungarian Grand Prix test.

"Frankly, if he manages to turn around the situation, which he did last year, we are completely open to a future between the team and Jo for one more season," Abiteboul told Autosport. "Stability would be good for the team.

"That's also what we wanted last year -- to have Nico changing we wanted not to have to change two drivers. Things could go his [Palmer's] way, but at the end of the day that's in his hands. He knows that right now he's on a one-year contract and completely understands the team has to assess its options for the future."


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