Sainz Jr excited for Renault switch


This weekend's Japanese Grand Prix will be the last in a Renault for Jolyon Palmer, the team has confirmed.

Sainz had already signed a deal to race for Renault next season but the Spaniard is being released from Toro Rosso four races early as "circumstances have changed".

He described it as a "sad way to end" his tenure at Toro Rosso and said it was a result of taking a risk to try and make up ground early in the race.

Knowing he had a twenty-place grid penalty coming into the session, Carlos Sainz Jr. used the qualifying session for the Japanese Grand Prix as an extended test session, which ended with the slowest time in the second segment.

Asked when the news would sink in, he replied: "I don't know, I focused on the race on the plane back home it'll probably sink in that I'm not with Renault and maybe not F1 again".

"Since Renault's return to Formula 1, Jolyon has been highly dedicated in an evolving environment".

Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director, added: "I would like to thank Jolyon for his commitment to the team and his professionalism. We look forward to beating him on track!"

"More specifically, I really want to thank all my engineers and mechanics for their support and tremendous work throughout these years".

"The driver I am today, compared to the driver I was in 2015, is a more complete and better one, and this is thanks to Toro Rosso, who are a great group of professionals".

"We go in separate ways and I'll work on something else in the future".

"On my side, I will definitely do my very best in tomorrow's race".

Neir Renault nor Carlos Sainz wanted to wait any longer.

It's been a disappointing couple of seasons for Palmer, who's failed to equal the performances of his team-mate, German Nico Hulkenberg. Palmer does not have a ride lined up in Formula One for the next season yet, though he is rumored to be considering a move to IndyCar in the next year. This would also seem to confirm Gasly for the remainder of the 2017 season with Toro Rosso. The race from Suzuka begins at 6am on Sunday.



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