Renault ‘committed’ to helping axed Palmer

Date published: October 16 2017

Renault boss Cyril Abiteboul has said that both he and the team will help Jolyon Palmer start the next chapter of his career after his Formula 1 exit.

The Japanese Grand Prix was Palmer’s last in Renault colours after he agreed a compensation package to vacate his seat early and let Carlos Sainz start his one-year loan move earlier than planned.

But Abiteboul has reassured Palmer that Renault are there to help him find his next move.

“We are a manufacturer that’s part of a large group, and we have a footprint that’s quite wide in motorsport, so there are opportunities also to help him for the future,” Abiteboul told Autosport when quizzed about what the future holds for the Brit.

“He has my personal and also Renault’s commitment to see how we can help him in the next challenge. I’m pretty sure he’s got some ideas.”

Abiteboul also does not believe that it is necessarily the end of Jolyon Palmer in Formula 1, using Williams’ current shortlist for 2018 drivers as a prime example.

He added: “I think one thing you can say is never say never in F1.

“Obviously with Kubica coming back, I think that shows – probably a lot of people thought he’d never come back, and he is there.

“And also Paul di Resta who’s not raced a car in F1 apart from Budapest for a long time and he’s in the mix for a drive again. You never know.”