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    Palmer bows out early

    The news on Saturday night that the Briton would be standing down at Renault following the race took many people by surprise. Accepted paddock wisdom suggested that a deal for financial compensation was probably finally realised, triggering the change.

    On a horrible day for the French team which saw it drop from seventh to eighth place overall as Haas moved up, and Nico Hulkenberg retired from points contention with a DRS problem, Palmer hauled himself from 18th on the grid to 12th, only 1.4s off Massa and sixth-tenths down on Fernando Alonso.

    “We had a solid last race, we started from the back and with one more lap, I think we could have had 10th,” he said. “It’s been a tough season but the team and I have been through a lot, I’ve been here since the start of this new era. We’ve come a long way and I’ve enjoyed it. I wish the team all the best in the future.”

    With so few 2018 seats remaining – and with the market for them so crowded – as things stand, it looks like his F1 career could well be over.

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    1 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes 1:32:06.350 25
    2 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes +6.552s 18
    3 Sebastian Vettel VET Ferrari +13.744s 15
    4 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing +27.627s 12
    5 Charles Leclerc LEC Ferrari +31.276s 10
    6 Pierre Gasly GAS Red Bull Racing +89.307s 9
    7 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Renault +1 lap 6
    8 Sergio Perez PER Racing Point +1 lap 4
    9 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Alfa Romeo Racing +1 lap 2
    10 Alexander Albon ALB Toro Rosso +1 lap 1

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    1 Mercedes Mercedes Mercedes 438.5
    2 Ferrari Ferrari Ferrari 288
    3 Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing Red Bull Racing 244
    4 McLaren McLaren McLaren 82
    5 Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso 43
    6 Renault Renault Renault 39
    7 Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing Alfa Romeo Racing 32
    8 Racing Point Racing Point Racing Point 31
    9 Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team Haas F1 Team 26
    10 Williams Williams Williams 1

    Driver Championship - Post Hungary 2019

    1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 250.5
    2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 188
    3 Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing 181
    4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 156
    5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 132
    6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing 63
    7 Carlos Sainz McLaren 58
    8 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing 31
    9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 27
    10 Lando Norris McLaren 24
    11 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 22
    12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 18
    13 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team 18
    14 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 17
    15 Alexander Albon Toro Rosso 16
    16 Sergio Perez Racing Point 13
    17 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team 8
    18 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1
    19 Robert Kubica Williams 1
    20 George Russell Williams