Palmer unfazed by speculation about Renault future

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Formula 1 rookie Joylon Palmer is unfazed by speculation suggesting that his seat with Renault could be at risk just a handful of races into the 2016 season.

Palmer is yet to score any points in F1, leading to rumors following the Russian Grand Prix that highly-rated third and reserve driver Esteban Ocon could replace him mid-season.

In the aftermath of the race, Renault F1 boss Frederic Vasseur brushed off the speculation by saying that the team was committed to its current line-up.

Speaking to reporters in Barcelona on Thursday, Palmer said he was unsure where the story had come from, but wasn’t bothered by it.

“I don’t know where that rumour came from, to be honest,” Palmer said.

”It doesn’t faze me. I saw already after Bahrain that someone said something. I had one race in Melbourne that was quite good and I didn’t even race in Bahrain. So whatever.

“I’ve only had four races and it’s been mixed results, but I think I’m looking forward to the future.

“It’s what I’ve come to expect, really. It’s Formula 1. I’ve seen it from the outside and now I’ve seen it from the inside.

“But I don’t really care, ultimately. I know where I stand, in the team everyone knows where we stand.”