9:48 – Renault’s fortunes in Formula 1 this year are “very dependent” on Nico Hülkenberg, according to Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul, who says Jolyon Palmer “has to deliver”.

Hülkenberg joined Renault from Force India for 2017 and has captured all 18 of Renault’s points this season, via four top 10 finishes, alongside a quartet of Q3 appearances.

Palmer, meanwhile, has been eliminated from Q1 on five occasions and has a best race result of 11th, which he achieved at Grands Prix in Monaco and Canada.

Palmer said ahead of the most recent event that he was ignoring rumours over his future, but Abiteboul has stressed that he must contribute to Renault’s tally, with the manufacturer over-reliant on his German team-mate.

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