Jolyon Palmer has received a boost of confidence from Renault's managing director Cyril Abiteboul, who says that the Brit can still get a drive for the team in 2018 if he can turn his season around. Palmer has had a disappointing season with bad luck, unreliability and a distant gap to his teammate overshadowing his second year in the sport.
Palmer's future has been under scrutiny for quite a while, with a number of suitors lined up primed to take over if the opportunity arises. With current F1 drivers Carlos Sainz and Sergio Perez being linked to the seat, there is a threat also from Robert Kubica who is eyeing up a return to motorsport's pinnacle, and Formula 2 hopeful Oliver Rowland.
Palmer has failed to score a single point this season, while teammate Nico Hulkenberg has clocked up 23 for the French team. In qualifying, Hulkenberg has come out on top over Palmer in all 11 sessions so far, with the average gap between them being a hefty 1.017s.
Abiteboul has spoken out about Palmer stating that he may still drive for the team next season if he can pull back some strong results this year. With many drivers lurking for his seat, Palmer will be feeling the pressure to perform as opportunities to impress start to run out