British Formula One driver Jolyon Palmer of Renault at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka. This ramped up ahead of the summer break with talk that Palmer could be replaced by Robert Kubica for the Belgian Grand Prix, but Renault moved quickly to pour cold water over the rumours, insisting Palmer's seat was safe until the end of the campaign.
"More specifically, I really want to thank all my engineers and mechanics for their support and tremendous work throughout these years".
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"It's a shame for me not to finish the season, I've been here a while and I respect the decision and wish Carlos and the team all the best for the future".
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"Obviously it's been a bit of a odd weekend knowing it was going to be my last race with the team, it's a shame I'm not going to Austin with them", Palmer told Sky Sports F1.
"We had a solid last race, we started from the back and with one more lap, I think we could have had tenth." .
He concluded with 12th-place finish at Suzuka, making sixth positions from his start on the grid, while Hülkenberg - after running as high as fifth - was forced to retire when a component on his DRS mechanism failed.
Renault had announced on Saturday that they and Palmer, son of former racer Jonathan, had agreed a parting of the ways.
While his auto has been riddled with reliability issues, he has also made several costly driver errors and he has recorded just one points finish, at the Singapore GP.