Re­nault take note

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While the rest of the world pon­ders upon the wis­dom of Max Ver­stap­pen’s ag­gres­sive driv­ing and whether or not this is Jen­son But­ton’s last year in F1, I would like to com­ment on the spec­u­la­tion sur­round­ing Re­nault’s 2017 driver line up.

Since the sec­ond or third race this year there has been a huge amount of talk about Kevin Mag­nussen’s and (par­tic­u­larly) Jolyon Palmer’s fu­ture with the team.

Firstly, both driv­ers won ma­jor ti­tles in the lower for­mu­lae. Se­condly, the car they have at their dis­posal is, to put it bluntly, a bit of a dog, due mainly to the late­ness of Re­nault’s takeover of the En­stone team.

Dur­ing Chan­nel 4’s free prac­tice com­men­tary at Spa, Tony Dod­gins stated that both driv­ers de­serve a sec­ond year in a (hope­fully) de­cent car. With a ma­jor rule change next year it would make sense to re­tain a sta­ble driver line-up rather than change to a po­ten­tially un­known quan­tity, al­though it seems many driv­ers are keen to join a ma­jor man­u­fac­turer’s works team with­out hav­ing done the hard yards help­ing to reestab­lish it.

If there is any jus­tice, I hope both Mag­nussen and Palmer are re­tained as they ap­pear evenly matched, and I re­call Mag­nussen giv­ing But­ton a run for his money two sea­sons ago.

Au­gust 31

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