Jolyon Palmer to leave Renault after Japanese Grand Prix

08 October 2017 07:23

British Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer will leave Renault after racing in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

The 26-year-old, in his second season in Formula One, departs to make way for Spaniard Carlos Sainz who joins from Toro Rosso.

Renault said the decision for Palmer to leave the team had been taken "by mutual agreement". The driver change will take effect in time for the next race on the calendar - the United States Grand Prix on October 22.

Toro Rosso announced Sainz's seat would be taken by French driver Pierre Gasly in Austin in a fortnight's time.

Palmer has endured a difficult season and contributed just eight points so far, while German team-mate Nico Hulkenberg has collected 34 points to sit 10th in the drivers' standings ahead of the race at Suzuka.

Palmer said: "The Japanese Grand Prix will be my last race for Renault. It's been an extremely challenging season and I've been through a lot in the last three years, but it's been a tremendous journey overall with the team.

"I can look back proudly at the performance in the second half of last season, my first point in Malaysia and of course reaching a career high of sixth place in Singapore this year.

"I wish the team all the best for the future. My immediate focus is now on achieving the best possible result in the Japanese GP, and then I can assess my options for the future."

Source: PA