06 July. Enstone. According to rumours circulating today, the Renault F1 team may be about to make a sensational swoop for the return of Jolyon Palmer!
Team boss, Cyril Irritable, has reportedly told senior engineers that he has a driver lined up to replace Daniel Ricciardo and that it is one they have worked with before.
Many paddock pundits had reckoned on them going for Fernando Alonso but our source in Enstone thinks not:
“Fernando was an option but a couple of things seem to have swung it Palmer’s way. Firstly, Alonso is a real taskmaster and let’s face it, a bit high maintenance and that really does sound like a lot of hard work”
He went on:
“Secondly, Fernando is also dead expensive and having thrown all that cash at Ricciardo for no real reason Palmer, who’d probably drive for tuppence, will be the deal of the century”
An announcement is expected imminently.