Magnussen gives Renault a boost with top ten spot

Kevin Magnussen on his way to tenth place for Renault in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix
Kevin Magnussen on his way to tenth place for Renault in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix

Kevin Magnussen enjoyed his and Renault Sport Formula One team’s second highest finish of the season with tenth position in the Singapore Grand Prix.

Magnussen took advantage of a stellar start and ran for most of the race inside the top ten.

It’s been a very demanding season as we all want to score points at every race

Kevin Magnussen

Enstone team-mate Jolyon Palmer had a suspected slow puncture from debris at the start of the race forcing an earlier than planned first pit stop. Running thereafter out of sequence, Palmer finished in 15th.

Magnussen said: “I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us. It’s been a very demanding season as we all want to score points at every race, but that’s not been possible.

“Nevertheless we all keep fighting and a result like this shows why we fight and why we never give up. The team nailed it with the strategy, with the start and with the balance of the car.

“To drive a race like this and not to win it feels strange because for me it felt perfect.”

Palmer added: “That was a tough race and we didn’t have any breaks come our way. I lost out at the start and probably collected some debris as I had an early slow puncture too.

“We pitted pretty early and this meant we had to run for longer subsequent stints which meant nursing the tyres more than if we’d run the more balanced stint length planned.”

Team boss Fred Vasseur said: “It was a strong and measured race from Kevin with some great strategy and exceptional pit stop work meant we scored for the second time this season.

“Jolyon kept pushing despite a frustrating race for him with a slow puncture early on. We can see how everyone at Enstone and Viry, whether at the track or back at base, keeps on pushing.”