Kevin Magnussen

Palmer stays, K-Mag joins Haas

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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. 

Palmer on the announcement

"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. 

Maldonado confirms exit, "I will not be on the grid"

Pastor Maldonado today confirmed his time in F1 has reached an end, if not a conclusion. 

"Today, with the utmost humility, I tell you that I will not be on the Formula One starting grid for the 2016 season. Thanks for all your messages of support, passion and concern about my future.”

Although some speculate that he may have a chance of a seat at Manor, these don't sound like the words of a driver who will be jumping into a car for testing in a few weeks. 

Renault are expected to announce that the comeback kid Kevin Magnussen will join the human lolcat Jolyon Palmer at the new look Renault outfit. I wasn't among those who were outraged that McLaren dropped K-Mag in 2014, but I sure am glad to see him back, which leaves me to wonder - do you feel sorry for Pastor?

Source: JA on F1