Jolyon Palmer announces Japanese GP will be his last race for Renault

Tricia Pearson
October 9, 2017

The internet was aware that Palmer's days were numbered with Renault even before the driver himself knew, and now it's official: Joylon Palmer's last race with Renault (and likely his last F1 race, period) will be in Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix.

Sainz admitted his opening lap retirement was a "sad way to end" his tenure at Toro Rosso, explaining it was simply a result of taking a risk to try and make up ground early in the race.

Jolyon Palmer has confirmed via social media on Saturday that this weekend's race at the Suzuka Circuit will be his last with the Renault factory team.

Carlos Sainz's retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix may have been notable for being the Spaniard's last turn of the wheel behind a Toro Rosso.

Palmer's sixth place finish at last month's Singapore Grand Prix remains his only points scoring finish of 2017.

"Since Renault's return to Formula 1, Jolyon has been highly dedicated in an evolving environment".

"How disappointing, this wasn't the way I wanted to end my time with Toro Rosso, that's for sure", said Sainz Jr.

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"I've been with them for three years and it's a shame not to be going to Austin with them". About halfway through the session, however, Carlos Sainz crashed heavily in his Toro Rosso, ending with the auto sprawling across the track and bringing out the red flags.

"We will go our separate ways and I will work on something else for my future". Across 36 F1 starts, Palmer has only twice finished in the points-paying positions.

Palmer carried a 20-place grid penalty into his final race.

"On my side, I will definitely do my very best in tomorrow's race... this would be the best possible send-off!"

It's been a disappointing couple of seasons for Palmer, who's failed to equal the performances of his team-mate, German Nico Hulkenberg.

The Brit was going to be replaced by Carlos Sainz, but why hang around for the inevitable?

"The driver I am today, compared to the driver I was in 2015, is a more complete and better one, and this is thanks to Toro Rosso, who are a great group of professionals".

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