Even so such things take time to work out, and before the deal was completed you’d have expected that Renault would have told Jolyon Palmer that the team wouldn’t be requiring his services in 2018.
According to Palmer though, that wasn’t the case. Although he said he had a feeling he wasn’t going to retain his seat, the first news he heard of Sainz replacing him was when he read about it online.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his drive, Palmer also said that he hasn’t really been looking at his options for 2018 and that he’s not too worried about his future.
There have been some rumours that Sainz could take over Palmer’s seat as early as the Malaysian GP. However it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen now, so at least he’s got seven races left to try and end his season on a bit of a higher note.
A fat lot of good burning those lucky underpants did him, then!