Renault to make decision on 2017 driver line-up in September

Renault have announced that they plan to decide on their 2017 driver line-up in early September.

Current drivers Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer face an uncertain future with the team, as Renault is reportedly more interested in securing a more experienced driver for next season.

Force India’s Sergio Perez and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas have been rumoured for the move to the team.

They are improving!” Team boss Frederic Vasseur spoke of the two current drivers.

We know we are on the grid, so ‘improving’ is written in capital letters for us. It is too early to make any decision right here and now. We will probably do it at the beginning of September.”

“If you look at the success stories of the past, success was always built around a driver: Schumacher and Ferrari, Vettel and Red Bull, Lewis and Mercedes, and also Alonso and Renault in the past – so the driver is important.

“A driver is not only about performance, but about being capable of leading a team. Right now we have more or less a thousand people in the team, if you take Viry and Enstone together, and that needs some sort of emotional leadership – and that is the job for a driver!

“We need a driver who is super-motivated and able to super-motivate everybody else.

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