Jolyon Palmer was jubilant after finally finding his way into the top ten during the Malaysian Grand Prix and taking his first point in Formula 1.
The Renault Sport F1 driver was happy to recover from a disappointing qualifying effort that he felt was not as good as hoped with a strong drive to tenth on Sunday, doing enough to stay ahead of Carlos Sainz Jr until the chequered flag.
Palmer felt positive about the way the car handled during the race at the Sepang International Circuit, and wished that other races would be as straightforward as this race.
“Point-scorer: It feels good! I’m really happy, I think the whole week has been really positive,” said Palmer. “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!”