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Jolyon Palmer Retained by Renault for 2017

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Renault Sport F1 Team announced that Jolyon Palmer will return for the 2017 season.

The 25-year-old Brit and 2014 GP2 Series champion has endured a tough rookie campaign, but managed to score his first championship point in round 16 at the Malaysian Grand Prix last month.

Palmer joins recently announced Nico Hulkenberg at Renault, giving the Enstone-based team a veteran presence to go along with its progressing driver.

After several weeks of debate, Palmer expressed jubilation upon his announced return.

“I’m over the moon to be racing with Renault Sport Formula One Team for a second season and I can’t wait to reward the team’s faith in me on track,” Palmer said.

“Having worked out of Enstone since 2015 I can fully appreciate the development of the infrastructure this year. This means I share the excitement of the team looking to 2017 and our new car. For me, it’s been a steep learning curve driving in Formula 1 and I know that I am performing better than ever, and that there’s still more to come.

“There is tremendous drive and enthusiasm in Enstone and Viry looking to next year and I am honored to be part of this.”

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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