Palmer aiming to leave Renault on a high 0


Jolyon Palmer is aiming to end his season with Renault with “six of the best races” as he looks to secure a seat in Formula 1 for next season.

Renault have announced Palmer is to be replaced by Carlos Sainz for the 2018 season and the Britain produced his best-ever finish, coming in 6th at the recent Singapore Grand Prix.

In what has ultimately been a disappointing season, beset by mechanical problems and reliability issues, Palmer responded with the disappointing news he was to be replaced by posting his superb finish. Palmer has insisted he will be driving for the French team until the end of the season, debunking rumours that he we be replaced before the next GP in Malaysia.

“The result this weekend is finally a bit of good luck,” he told Sky Sports F1. “This result could have come earlier in Baku, Silverstone or Spa. I hope we can build from this confidence and push for more. The car is competitive, and I’m going to be competitive.

“At the moment the news is obviously quite fresh about Renault, I’ve just been concentrating about the weekend. From my side I just want to go out with six of the best races.

“Of course I want to stay in F1 and there are other options but I’m just focused on the performance side and I want to at least do myself proud in these last six races. I’ll be pushing like hell and hopefully it comes out for the best.”

The young Brit capitalised on the first-lap pile-up to secure his first points of the season, adapting brilliantly to the difficult driving conditions. At one point Palmer even passed frontrunner Valtteri Bottas in the Mercedes at one point.This performance came just two days after Renault announced the deal bringing Sainz to Renault for 2018.

“It’s Renault’s prerogative, they can decide who they put in the car for next year,” added Palmer.

“I’ve had a tough season, no doubt about it. We’ve had some reliability problems but I’ve made mistakes as well, and the performance hasn’t been there often enough.

“Obviously I was up against it to stay. But I have a good relationship with the team, I still do in spite of all the news all the gossip.

“Palmer might not have to look too far for a 2018 seat. Felipe Massa is set to retire freeing up space at Williams, and the improving Renault performance should give him the ideal platform to impress.

“I have been with the team for two years as Renault and three as Enstone, and have six more races with them,” he explained.

“Hopefully I can finish with the team on a good note.”

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