Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

So Long, Jolyon: Renault Shows Palmer The Door Early

So Long, Jolyon: Renault Shows Palmer The Door Early

Sainz admitted that the news didn't hit him immediately as he was entirely immersed in his race weekend with Toro Rosso.

Renault has confirmed that Carlos Sainz Jr. will make his Formula 1 debut with the team at the United States Grand Prix later this month, completing his move from Toro Rosso four races early.

Despite the early departure, Palmer says that he will leave the sport with his head held high, without any biterness.

The Enstone team have been eager to bring the Spaniard in as soon as possible, but a reluctant Jolyon Palmer - who was adamant he would see out the rest of the season - made the sudden announcement via Instagram that the Japan race would be his last.

"I started on the soft tyre, obviously this gives you a bit less grip, and I was expecting we had to gain places at the start. He has shown great personal qualities and we wish him all the best in his future career".

Kvyat was dropped by Toro Rosso due to poor form after the Singapore Grand Prix, making way for 2016 GP2 champion Gasly, but will be drafted back in to replace Sainz.

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Hamilton ultimately crossed the line 1.2s clear of the Red Bull, taking his fourth win in five races. With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen .

"I'm looking forward to working with m", said Sainz in official communiqué of Toro Rosso, where he wanted to thank Red Bull and promised to look for a big farewell in Suzuka, despite starting from penultimate position of grill.

"More specifically, I really want to thank all my engineers and mechanics for their support and tremendous work throughout these years".

"Obviously it's been a bit of a unusual weekend knowing it was going to be my last race with the team, it's a shame I'm not going to Austin with them", Palmer told Sky Sports F1.

"We go in separate ways and I'll work on something else in the future".

With the 2018 grid being almost confirmed, it is unlikely that Palmer will be able to find a drive at another team, with Williams being the most likely option although both Paul di Resta and Robert Kubica have both been linked to Felipe Massa's seat, making him an outside option and a long shot.

The Englishman is set to start 18th at Suzuka, one place ahead of Sainz, after both received a 20-place grid penalty for engine component changes.

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