It was a long time coming after his eleventh place in Melbourne at the very start of the season, but it took him until the Malaysian round in October for Jolyon Palmer to pick up his first points.
Despite a poor qualifying session from the British driver, which didn’t see him come out of Q1, although he was as high a 12th in practice, he avoided the trouble at the first corner which saw his own teammate pick up damage and Sebastian Vettel eliminated which ultimately helped him to 10th at the end of the race.
Talking after the race, Palmer said: “Point-scorer : It feels good ! I’m really happy, I think the whole week has been really positive.
“The race was really smooth – I wish it was always so straightforward !
“I was really disappointed with how qualifying went especially as I’d been feeling strong all weekend, so I’m glad the race went really well and we could make up for it today. 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 and we got it home to P10 !”