Jolyon Palmer thinks he is still in the running to prolong his F1 career beyond a single season.
Already amid speculation he could lose his seat, the rookie Briton was en route to debut points in Hungary a week ago when he spun.
“If he doesn’t learn from this, it’s goodbye,” former F1 driver Johnny Herbert said.
Renault, however, says it is yet to make its driver decision for 2017, and 25-year-old Palmer thinks he is still very much a candidate.
“I think it’s too early for the team to be thinking about it now,” Palmer is quoted as saying in Hockenheim by the Dutch source Formule1.
“I think the team also has quite a lot to do preparing for 2017, so at the moment it’s just waiting.”
Amid rumours potential 2017 candidates Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are putting pressure on Palmer and his teammate Kevin Magnussen, Palmer said he remains focused on this year.
“I want to show what I can do and continue to improve with each race.
“I know there are still two seats free, I’m sure, so I’m not too worried. I feel good, like I’m driving well and that I’m getting stronger with each race weekend,” he added.