Despite having a successful stint this year, the French team is yet totally dependent on the former Force India driver, Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg scoring all the 18 points for the team has put the Briton under pressure.
Jolyon last scored a point in the Malaysian GP of 2016, when he was paired up with Kevin Magnussen. About the future of Jolyon, Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul commented,”No one is safe in F1″.
“To a certain degree there are two questions. There is Jo, and there is a second driver. Right now my focus is on Jo. Jo has to deliver. What would happen then, I don’t want to elaborate on that, and even further, who would be stepping in, because that’s absolutely not the point for today. The fact is that Jo has a car which is a points-scoring car, and he has to enter into the points. Full stop.
He added, “F1 is not an environment where anyone can say loudly, ‘I’m safe.’ Right now I feel that it’s a bit almost unfair to Nico, who has to do a lot. The team is clearly very dependent on Hulkenberg.”
On the pressure of not being able to score, Jolyon Palmer said,” What puts pressure on is not putting in good performances. I am aware that the start of the year has been pretty disappointing. I am working hard and I am ready to turn it around.
In terms of the rumours there have been rumours since my third ever race in F1 so it is nothing new for me.
Of course, the way to stop it is to do well on track.
It’s been a tough start to the year, there’s been some positives recently even if it doesn’t necessarily show on the results sheet.
Last year, Renault signed a deal with the German Nico Hulkenberg thereby releasing Kevin Magnussen to join the American outfit Haas. Jolyon was retained by the team to partner Hulkenberg as part of the strategy. Rumour has it that Carlos Sainz Jr. was also contacted by the team for a contract but the driver refused and stayed at the Italian Toro Rosso team.
Whether Palmer’s position will be axed or not, future races will only decide!
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