Jolyon Palmer says he is certain of staying at Renault for the remainder of 2017 amidst claims he will be shuffled out of a race seat and replaced by Carlos Sainz from the Malaysian Grand Prix as part of the ongoing engine deals.

The British driver has endured a frustrating 2017 campaign having failed to score a single point, while seeing Renault team-mate Nico Hulkenberg collect 34 points, which has put his place in the team under threat.

After riding through speculation Renault would dump him in favour of Robert Kubica after the summer break, Palmer’s spot is once again under question with Sainz rumoured to be switched in from Toro Rosso as a sweetener on Renault’s new engine deal between Red Bull and McLaren from 2018.

Speaking in the FIA drivers' press conference, Palmer says his contract is clear that he will race until the end of the 2017 campaign and expects to see out the season with Renault.

“I have a contract with seven more races this year,” Palmer said. “There have been suggestions for about 35 races about my future so this is nothing new for me, it is water off a duck’s back, it is the same to most races this year so nothing has changed.

“I know what is happening and I know there will be an announcement at some point in the future, not to long, but for me I am excited about the future. I haven’t thought about it too much but I am excited for what is to come.”

Despite his optimism for the remainder of 2017, news from the F1 paddock is Palmer will leave Renault at the end of the season while options to stay in the championship for 2018 appear limited.



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