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Jolyon Palmer: You have to be ruthless in F1

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Jolyon Palmer was not concerned he might lose his Renault race drive in the same way Pastor Maldonado did over the winter.

Palmer will partner Kevin Magnussen at Renault this year after late sponsorship payments saw Maldonado's contract torn up ahead of the team's rebranding this week. Palmer also brings money to the team but had no fears he might be left without a drive when Renault purchased the Lotus outfit at the end of December.

"For me there wasn't [a concern]," he said. "When I signed my deal it was with Renault as well, so it was with Lotus and Renault. I knew where I stood and the uncertainty was whether Renault would buy the team. When that was confirmed it was a very exciting time and now we can see the level of dedication they've got and it's great to be a part of it."

The whole episode has reaffirmed Palmer's belief that he has to look after his own interests first.

"You have to be a ruthless person. In the Formula One world you have to look out for yourself a lot because that's what everyone else is doing. If you don't, you are going to get spat out the other end."

Palmer has sympathy for Maldonado and is expecting Magnussen to be a tough competitor this year.

"Pastor can be a very quick driver ... he's erratic, but he can be quick and tough competition. Fundamentally he's a nice guy and he's lost his job -- you don't wish that on anyone. He probably had a winter of uncertainty and then a couple of days before the launch he gets told he's not going to be driving, it's not nice.

"Kevin is also quick and he's got a good track record in the season that he's done. Personally, you want to match up well to your team-mate, but the goal hasn't changed and I will just drive as fast as I can and do what I can and see what happens."