We've pumped an awful lot of money into capital investment. You can see that all around the factory
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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Formula 1 2018 Honda Japanese Grand Prix
|1 Lewis Hamilton HAM Mercedes||1:27:17.062||25|
|2 Valtteri Bottas BOT Mercedes||+12.919s||18|
|3 Max Verstappen VER Red Bull Racing||+14.295s||15|
|4 Daniel Ricciardo RIC Red Bull Racing||+19.495s||12|
|5 Kimi Räikkönen RAI Ferrari||+50.998s||10|