The 2017 driver market is coming down to the final few seats at the midfield teams but one of them has just been snapped up by Jolyon Palmer.
The British driver will be sticking with the Renault for the 2017 season, alongside the previously-confirmed Nico Hulkenberg, who moves to the Enstone team from Force India.
Following four seasons in GP2 (which resulted in him winning the championship in 2014) and a year as reserve driver at the struggling Lotus, Palmer got his F1 shot this year with Renault, replacing old WTF1 favourite, Pastor Maldonado.
It’s been a tough season for the team though, following its takeover of Lotus at the end of 2015, and Palmer’s maiden year in F1 got off to a bit of a shaky start.
But he’s got stronger throughout the year and picked up his first F1 point at the Malaysian Grand Prix, backing that up with strong drives in Japan, the USA and Mexico.
Renault has been evaluating its options over recent weeks, following the confirmation of Hulkenberg’s switch from Force India, but has now announced its decision.
There have been various reports that Kevin Magnussen, who currently races for Renault alongside Palmer, will switch over to Haas F1.