Jolyon Palmer has said goodbye to Renault F1 after three years with a classy statement released on the French F1 team's Twitter page.
The British driver said that although he would have liked to have stayed with Renault 'till the end of the season, he respects the decision that it was time for him to go before the final races.
"After this race there's a couple of weeks gap and it made sense for this time to be the time that we part ways,” the 26-year-old said.
“It's a shame for me not to finish the season having been with the team a while, but I respect the decision and I wish the team all the best for the future and Carlos the best.
“We go in separate ways and I'll work on something else in the future.
"Obviously it's been a bit of a strange weekend knowing it was going to be my last race with the team, it's a shame I'm not going to Austin with them,
"When I'm heading back on the plane maybe it will sink in that I'm not driving for Renault again and maybe not in Formula 1 again.
"I wouldn't say there's any relief. I would love to see out the season and finish what I started. The stress levels have been huge this year; it's been a very tough season for many reasons.
“Each weekend coming in with question marks.
“I would have happily seen out the season and I think the team is in a good place.
"It's a shame but I'll move on, there's plenty of life outside of F1 out there and I'm about to find out what it is."
Classy there by Palmer – especially considering how he was treated by Renault a couple of months ago.
The 26-year-old found out he was being dropped by the French giants after reading an article online.
The F1 team had neglected to inform the Englishman of their decision before they released a statement informing the world that Spaniard Carlos Sainz would be replacing him.
With Palmer without a seat from 2018, 32-year-old Lewis Hamilton is now the sole British driver on the grid.
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