Renault admits 2017 driver lineup still open

Jul.20 (GMM) Renault has admitted that its driver lineup for 2017 remains totally open.

Reports have suggested Jolyon Palmer is in danger of losing his seat at the newly reformed French works team, while teammate Kevin Magnussen is more confident of staying next year.

But neither are under contract for 2017 and team spokesman Andy Stobart told the Danish newspaper BT that the lineup will remain unknown for some time.

“It’s too early for us to start discussing what should happen next year,” he reportedly said.

“We are more focused on this year and the rest of the season. We are only halfway, so it’s too early,” he added.

“There is nothing definite on our part, and the rest is just speculation,” said Stobart, amid speculation Esteban Ocon is in the running for a seat, as may be Felipe Massa and Stoffel Vandoorne.

It is believed Renault has an option to keep Dane Magnussen on board for 2017, but Stobart would not be drawn on when it expires.

“It’s a private matter between us and Kevin Magnussen,” he insisted.

But BT correspondent Peter Nygaard said F1 options typically expire around September, which would tie into reports that other teams plan to look at their own lineups around that time.

“Normally these options are settled between September and October,” he said. “If it gets later than that, Kevin ends up in the same situation he was in at McLaren.

“But I do think Renault is very concentrated on improving the team, including recruiting up to 100 people at Enstone, for next season. On top of that, there are a number of drivers who have not resolved their contractual situation,” Nygaard added.

Related News

  • 16/10/2015 Magnussen and McLaren to split – reports Oct.16 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen is splitting with McLaren, two Danish publications report. The 23-year-old has been the Woking team's reserve driver in 2015, having lost his race seat after […]
  • 31/10/2016 Haas admits 2017 talks with Magnussen Oct.31 (GMM) Gunther Steiner has admitted Haas has been in touch with Kevin Magnussen about 2017. With Dane Magnussen's future at Renault uncertain, reports emerged in Mexico at the […]
  • 30/07/2016 Magnussen admits Renault axe reports ‘annoying’ Jul.30 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen has called reports that he will leave Renault at the end of the season "annoying". Two respected British media outlets, including the magazine F1 Racing, are […]
  • 29/01/2016 Manager, father not commenting on Magnussen reports Jan.29 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen's father as well as his manager are refusing to comment on widespread reports that the former McLaren reserve is now poised to return to the F1 grid. […]
  • 22/07/2016 2017 talks not just with Renault – Magnussen Jul.22 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen has admitted for the first time that he is looking beyond Renault to secure his future in formula one. But the Dane does welcome news that the French works […]
  • 18/03/2016 Magnussen backs Friday outings for Ocon Mar.18 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen has backed Renault's decision to give new third driver Esteban Ocon some Friday practice outings in 2016. Ocon, the 19-year-old reigning GP3 champion, is 'on […]
  • 04/11/2016 Renault almost ready to name driver Nov.4 (GMM) Renault is almost ready to make its decision about the identity of Nico Hulkenberg's teammate for 2017. Kevin Magnussen and Kevin Magnussen are waiting impatiently to see if […]
  • 12/10/2016 Father has fingers crossed for Magnussen’s future Oct.12 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen's father has admitted the young Dane could once again be left standing when the 'silly season' music ends. The latest authoritative reports suggest that […]
  • 05/09/2016 Magnussen, Palmer in running for 2017 – Vasseur Sep.5 (GMM) Renault's existing drivers are still in the running for the race seats in 2017. That is the claim of the French works team's boss Frederic Vasseur, after the 'silly season' […]
  • 21/09/2016 Magnussen wants to stay at Renault – advisor Sep.21 (GMM) Kevin Magnussen's advisor says the Dane still regards staying at Renault as his 'plan A' for 2017. Currently fielding Magnussen alongside Jolyon Palmer on one-year deals […]