PALMER SE­CURES RE­NAULT DEAL

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The F1 driver mar­ket for 2017 closed up sig­nif­i­cantly be­fore the Brazil­ian GP with a host of an­nounce­ments as Force India, Haas and Re­nault fi­nalised their line-ups.

Bri­ton Jolyon Palmer will re­main with Re­nault for its sec­ond sea­son back as a full works out­fit. Palmer will race along­side Re­nault’s new sign­ing Nico Hulken­berg.

“I can’t wait to re­ward the team’s faith in me,” said Palmer. “Hav­ing worked at En­stone since 2015 I can fully ap­pre­ci­ate the de­vel­op­ment of the in­fra­struc­ture this year.”

Palmer’s cur­rent team-mate Kevin Mag­nussen will switch to Haas to link up with Ro­main Gros­jean af­ter say­ing that Re­nault’s of­fer of a new con­tract wasn’t good enough.

“I’ve been talk­ing to many teams and some seem very fo­cused on the short term, but I’m think­ing more long term so Haas gave me a bet­ter of­fer,” said the Dane.

Force India also signed F1 rookie Este­ban Ocon to part­ner Ser­gio Perez for 2017. The French­man has joined on a ‘multi-year deal’ to re­place Re­nault-bound Hulken­berg.

“Este­ban is an ex­cep­tional tal­ent and we’ve had our eyes on him for a num­ber of years through the ju­nior cat­e­gories,” said team head Vi­jay Mallya. “He is more than ca­pa­ble along­side Ser­gio.”

Ocon is also a Mercedes ju­nior driver, which fits with the team’s engine sup­ply deal.

The moves mean that only Manor has open seats for 2017.

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