Jolyon Palmer has managed to survive the three-way Toro Rosso-Red Bull-Renault negotiations to see out this season but without an obvious F1 drive for next year the British driver says he’s looking elsewhere for the ‘longer term’ race seat.

Speaking about his options for 2018, Palmer said that F1 is an insecure, year-on-year position for him is his current situation and is keen to find stability to develop his racing.

"If I’m out of F1 at the end of the year then it’ll be a new chapter and I’d obviously want to put everything into it and be there for the longer term,” Palmer said. "I think that F1 is great and I’d love to stay in it but it is, every year, there’s a fine line to it - unless you’re in a safe seat, in one of the top drives then everyone’s on a year-by-year under pressure.

"So I think I just want somewhere where I’ll enjoy my racing and focus on the longer term."

Asked whether he would follow fellow British F1 offcut Max Chilton to Indycar Palmer says it is an option open to him but not his sole opportunity.

"I mean, obviously he’s moved there and certainly had some good moments out there,” he said. “But we’ll have to see really. At the moment there’s no firm plans just different options and some are what I’d rather do."

Having ruled out a third driver role, Palmer also seemed uncertain about the idea of a move to the States, when asked if he'd enjoy that saying "no, not particularly."

With much of the driver market already sewn up, Palmer said that the Williams seat was potentially his only F1 option but being scrapped over by several other drivers still without 2018 plans including Felipa Massa, Robert Kubica and Paul di Resta.

"As far as I can see I think there’s one seat, there’s a few drivers going for it,” he said. "There’s a chance but I’m not going put anything on it really, it’s just me doing the best I can and seeing what unfolds. The rest, I don’t really know."

 

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