As the silly season approaches an end the driver line up for 2017 is starting to take shape.
I don't think it's cynical to say that neither of the Renault drivers has set the world on fire this year, yet they've clearly seen enough potential in Jolyon "Jolene" Palmer to commit to another year.
"For me, it’s been a steep learning curve driving in Formula 1 and I know that I am performing better than ever, and that there’s still more to come. There is tremendous drive and enthusiasm in Enstone and Viry looking to next year and I am honoured to be part of this."
The departure of Kevin Magnussen to Haas is set to announced in the coming days, in a move more than 12 months in the making.
James Allen on Haas' interest in Magnussen:
That said, the Dane was a clear second choice last season in Haas’ reckoning when they chose Romain Grosjean. They liked his additional experience and results and felt that would be worth pushing to get. They were patient and they got him. Although his patience has been tried a few times this season, he remains part of their plans.
Probable moves yet to be announced include Esteban "Rock on" sliding into Nico Hulkenberg's old seat at Force India.