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F1 2017 driver review: Jolyon Palmer

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Jolyon Palmer

Team: Renault
Car No.: 30
Races: 16
Wins: 0
Podiums: 0
Best Finish: P6 (Singapore)
Pole Positions: 0
Fastest Laps: 0
Points: 8
Championship Position: 17th

Jolyon Palmer’s second season in Formula 1 offered little improvement in terms of on-track performance compared to his first, resulting in an early dismissal from the Renault team with four races to spare.

The 2014 GP2 champion was hardly Renault’s first choice driver for this season, with his skin being saved by a lack of interest from other drivers for the seat due to concerns about the team’s performance and stability.

Renault grew in strength throughout the season and regularly featured towards the front of the midfield, but it was never really Palmer who led the charge. As teammate Nico Hulkenberg racked up the points, Palmer languished outside of the points, with nine places separating the pair at the checkered flag in Spain.

It came as little surprise when Renault announced in Singapore it had signed Carlos Sainz Jr. for 2018 to replace Palmer – even if the Briton only found out of his dismissal when he read about it online. Curiously, just two days later, he produced the drive of his F1 career by taking an excellent P6 in a chaotic race.

Renault brokered a deal with Palmer to part company after the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka, allowing Sainz to join early.

While he may have scored a mere nine points throughout his 37-race stint with the team, his haul in Singapore would prove critical as Renault finished four points clear of Toro Rosso in the race for P6 in the constructors’ championship.

The door does appear shut for Palmer in F1, but he will be keen to prove his worth in another championship and forge a decent racing career his GP2 title win hinted would follow.

Season High: Taking sixth in Singapore and crucial points for Renault.

Season Low: Finishing nine places behind Hulkenberg in the same car in Spain.

Formula E: Vergne outlasts di Grassi for Punta del Este victory

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Saturday’s Punta del Este ePrix did not disappoint, with Techeetah’s Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler’s Lucas di Grassi engaging in a thrilling battle throughout the entire race.

Vergne led the way from the pole, having been promoted up the grid after original pole sitter di Grassi was ruled to have cut a chicane during his pole lap, but di Grassi was right on the back wing of Vergne the entire way and made several attempts to get by.

The intense battle between the two, which saw them nearly lock Vergne’s rear wing with di Grassi’s front nose, stayed remarkably clean for the most part, and Vergne was able to hold off all of di Grassi’s advances, a few of which can be viewed below, to take the win.

DS Virgin Racing’s Sam Bird was also on the charge, the British driver coming from ninth on the grid to take third.

Full race results can be viewed here. The victory sees Vergne extend his points lead over Mahindra Racing’s Felix Rosenqvist, who finished fifth, to 30 points, with Vergne on 109 markers and Rosenqvist on 79.

Bird sits third with 76 points, respectively.