Jolyon Palmer scored his maiden Formula One point in today’s Malaysia Grand Prix thanks to a clean drive and a one-stop strategy that allowed him to beat Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz.
The Renault’s driver put his disappointment from yesterday’s qualifying behind him to deliver in emphatic fashion his tenth-placed finish from P19 on the grid.
“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!”
His team-mate Kevin Magnussen was unable to finish the race due to overheating brakes as a result of a contact on the first lap that damaged a brake cooling drum fence.