The long wait for an announcement from Renault regarding their driver pairing was ended today as it is clear that Nico Hulkenberg will team with current Renault Sport F1 driver, Jolyon Palmer. The debate was whether the team would retain Palmer or his current teammate, Kevin Magnussen who is poised to join Haas F1. Palmer said:
“I can’t wait to reward the team’s faith in me on track,” he added.
“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.”
Palmer’s performance over the last few races have helped solidify the role as well as, one would presume, supporting sponsor money as well. He will team with Hulkenberg for the 2017 season.