Renault's Jolyon Palmer hailed his team for an 'incredible' job, despite failing to score points at the Australian Grand Prix.
Palmer qualified in 14th place at Albert Park and went on to complete the race in 11th place, as he finished only seven seconds adrift of Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen.
It was Renault's first race as a full works team since 2010, and Palmer's first start since his last GP2 entry in Abu Dhabi in 2014.
Palmer's team-mate, Kevin Magnussen, recovered to 12th despite suffering a puncture on the opening lap.
"I think the team has done an incredible job over the weekend to qualify in Q2 and then finishing the race in 11th and 12th," he said.
"It’s the maximum we could expect to achieve. It’s a good start, we were so close to scoring points, and we can move forward from here.
"The race itself was busy but good fun; I absolutely loved being wheel to wheel again after a year out of racing. It was great to be back in the fray and it all went pretty smoothly for me."