F1 Racing (UK) - - INSIDER -

One driver not in the frame at Wil­liams is Jolyon Palmer, whose F1 ca­reer looks to have ended, fol­low­ing the Ja­panese GP. Re­nault had been look­ing to re­place Palmer for some time, and have suc­ceeded in securing Car­los Sainz for the fi­nal races of 2017 ahead of his first full sea­son with them in 2018. Be­fore Ja­pan, Re­nault fi­nally cracked the re­solve of Palmer and his fa­ther Jonathan, who had pre­vi­ously re­fused their pay-off of­fer.

Per­haps un­der­stand­ably, Palmer had grown in­creas­ingly sen­si­tive as ques­tions about his fu­ture mounted while he failed to match up to team-mate Nico Hülkenberg. Af­ter what he’d hoped was a turn­ing point when he fin­ished sixth in Sin­ga­pore, Palmer in­sisted he “knew he could do it”. But the team did not agree.

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