Palmer: Japan 'my last race' for Renault
7 October 2017 – Jolyon Palmer has revealed that Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix will be his final race for Renault, bringing forward his departure from the team.
Renault confirmed during the build-up to the Singapore round that it had recruited Carlos Sainz Jr. on loan from Red Bull to partner Nico Hülkenberg for 2018, leaving Palmer's future unclear.
Plans were afoot to replace Palmer with Sainz Jr. for the following event in Malaysia, but the Briton remained in the R.S.17, having taken sixth place in Singapore, recording his first points of the campaign in the process.
Palmer qualified in 14th place in Japan and took to social media aftewards to reveal the news.
"Tomorrow's Japanese GP will be my last race for Renault," he posted.
"With my grid penalty I'll be starting near the back, but I will be giving it my all as always.
"Thanks everyone for the support during the last two years, it means a lot!"
Renault, which shared Palmer's post, has not made an official comment on the development.
Palmer stepped up to a race seat with Renault for 2016, having spent the previous year as the team's test and reserve driver, under its Lotus guise.