Newly re-signed Renault Sport Formula 1 Team driver Jolyon Palmer could keep his seat after 2017 if he performs well against new team-mate Nico Hulkenberg.
Although Palmer signed a one year extension contract with the French manufacturer, Team Principal Fred Vasseur says that there is no reason why Palmer needs to be replaced after 2017.
“It is clear that Nico is a good reference, because he has had a pole position,” Vasseur told Motorsport.com.
“Jo has the opportunity to show his potential. He will have a very strong reference and if he is able to match with Nico, then we will continue like this.”
Palmer will face stiff competition for his seat after the 2017 season but Vasseur believes the British driver has an advantage over his rivals for the seat.
“Jo will still have the advantage because he already in place to show his potential, speed and the commitment at the team.
“I think it is always better to be inside the team than outside. He will have the do the job.”
Heading into the final race of the season, Palmer has shown his potential after a tricky start to his Formula 1 career. Renault has given Palmer another year to show he can compete with the best, but with many drivers waiting in the wings the pressure is on for Palmer to perform.