Renault F1 boss Cyril Abiteboul has confirmed Robert Kubica is not currently in the frame for a seat and Jolyon Palmer will see out the 2017 season.

Rumours have been rife since Kubica completed a private test for the team and impressed with a 115-lap stint in Valencia.

Kubica believes he still has the pace to be competitive in Formula 1, but a return does not appear likely any time soon.

I know that the sport is full of speculation and rumours and all these things,” Abiteboul told

“But I think in this present case we need to be a little bit careful, because we’re talking about an individual that we all love, with a fantastic image, and who has suffered a very difficult situation from a personal perspective.

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