It has been a long hard season for Renault, with results not going their way and battling with Manor and Sauber at the back of the field, but today’s Singapore race was a brief spell of happiness for the works team.
Kevin Magnussen, after a good qualifying session and some help from penalties of Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean, put him in a good position at the start of the race. Avoiding the first lap collision, it was on for a point paying position, in contention with the Toro Rosso and Red Bull ahead. The five places he gained were crucial to getting the point at the end of the race.
“I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us,” said Magnussen. “We all want to score points at every race, but that’s not been possible.
“Nevertheless we all keep fighting and a result like today 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 ; it feels strange because for me it felt perfect.”
Team Principal Fredric Vasseur acknowledged how difficult it has been for the team, “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 and we will continue to do this no matter how difficult the challenge.”