Fred Vasseur praised Jolyon Palmer for his performance during the Mexican Grand Prix when the British racer climbed from the back of the grid to fourteenth, making one set of Medium tyres last from when he pitted at the end of the opening lap until the chequered flag.
The Team Principal of the Renault Sport Formula 1 Team felt Palmer delivered a strong performance during the race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, although Vasseur was puzzled by Kevin Magnussen’s race in the second RS16, who appeared to struggle with his tyres, regardless of the compound.
“Jolyon had a strong race where we made the most of an aggressive strategy and pitted him very early under the safety car,” said Vasseur. “He drove 70 laps on the same set of tyres and was very consistent to finish in front of some of our nearest rivals.
“He put in a robust defence of his position, in particular against both Jenson [Button] and Fernando [Alonso]. It was a very strong race for him.
“Kevin had a puzzling race as he was well-placed at the start but he struggled for pace whatever the tyres. We’ll spend a lot of time checking the car and analysing the race to understand how we could have done better. For Brazil we certainly want both cars fighting for points.”