Renault take note
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.