Jolyon Palmer was delighted after scoring his first FIA Formula One World Championship point in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.
The Renault Sport Formula One Team driver came tenth at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur.
The race was really smooth, I wish it was always like that!Jolyon Palmer
Palmer put his disappointment from Saturday’s qualifying behind him to deliver in emphatic fashion thanks to a one-stop tyre strategy for the Enstone team.
But team-mate Kevin Magnussen was unable to translate Saturday’s qualifying form into a race result as contact back and front on the first lap damaged a brake cooling drum fence.
Magnussen’s brakes subsequently became unsustainably hot, which meant retirement from the race was the only option.
Palmer said: “The whole week was really positive. The race was really smooth, I wish it was always so straightforward!
“I was really disappointed with how qualifying went so I’m glad the race went really well and we could make up for it.
“The car gave me everything I needed, we handled the tyres well and the team did a great job with strategy and pit stops. We got a little bit of a break as well; finally everything came together.”
Team boss Fred Vasseur said: “After a disappointing qualifying Jolyon got his head down and delivered a very good race.
“We ran to an aggressive strategy and he did everything required to make this work, so a great effort from him and the team.
“Kevin was unfortunate to be caught out as the result of an incident ahead on the first lap.
“Everyone in the team is pushing in the same direction and we will continue to fight for every point possible for the remaining five races this season.”
Magnussen added: “I was the filling in the sandwich as everyone reacted to the incident at the start.
“Everyone braked and went for the inside of the corner which isn’t great if you’re already at the inside of the corner and have contact from behind pushing you forward.
“But that’s motor racing sometimes.
“We changed the front wing and kept pushing, however the brake cooling was damaged, and the brake temperature kept climbing, so we had to retire.
“We continue to extract more pace from the car and we’ll be pushing to keep this level of performance.
“Points are what we all want to see.”