Kevin Magnussen admitted it was strange to drive what he felt was a perfect race and not win, but secured only his and his team’s second points finish of 2016 in Singapore on Sunday.
The Renault Sport F1 driver finished on the tail of the battle for eighth between Sergio Perez and Daniil Kvyat after a confident drive around the Marina Bay Street Circuit, with Magnussen delighted to be able to reward the hard work of the team with a point.
The Dane felt the set-up of the car was perfect, as was his start and the strategy which left him in prime position to score his first points since the Russian Grand Prix in May.
“I’m very happy for the whole team as this must be a boost for all of us,” said Magnussen. “It’s been a very demanding season as 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.”