Friday, 20 October, 2017

Jolyon Palmer says goodbye to Renault in classy online video

Jolyon Palmer Jolyon Palmer's F1 career began as reserve driver for the Lotus team in 2015
Clarence Duncan | 09 October, 2017, 00:35

Sainz's afternoon came to an end shortly after running off circuit on the opening lap, in what was his final grand prix for the team before hooking up with Renault for the final four races and beyond into next season.

Sainz has five races left with Toro Rosso this year before making a loan switch to Renault for 2018.

It will also open up a seat at Scuderia Toro Rosso for Daniil Kvyat, who has sat out the last two Grands Prix in favor of Pierre Gasly.

Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix, for which Lewis Hamilton qualified on pole, will be Jolyon Palmer's last for Renault.

Sainz was set to join from Toro Rosso at the end of the 2017 season anyway but Renault ended months of speculation over the struggling Briton at Suzuka by bringing the move forward.

"When I'm heading back on the plane maybe it will sink in that I'm not driving for Renault again and maybe not in Formula 1 again".

"First of all I would like to thank Toro Rosso and Red Bull for allowing me the possibility of finishing this season with Renault Sport Racing", he said.

"It's a shame for me not to finish the season, I've been here a while and I respect the decision and wish Carlos and the team all the best for the future".

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

"They did an incredible job and congratulations for that, it shows the commitment they have, and I really appreciate it".

"On my side, I will definitely do my very best in tomorrow's race... this would be the best possible send-off!"

He will replace Jolyon Palmer after the British driver failed to deliver the goods, picking up just eight points so far.

Neir Renault nor Carlos Sainz wanted to wait any longer. Therefore, on behalf of everyone at Toro Rosso, I wish him all the very best with his new team.

Gasly and Kvyat are now likely to form Toro Rosso's 2018 driver line-up, although Pascal Wehrlein is considered an outside contender.

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