The Renault Sport F1 Team scored their first world championship points since their return to Formula One as a works outfit at the start of the season at Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix on the Sochi circuit as Kevin Magnussen who started the race from 17th place made up ten places during the race to come home in seventh place for the Enstone outfit and speaking following the race the Dane commented by saying:
It feels really good to get these points for the team as I know how hard everyone’s been working this season. I made a great start, but then lost a couple of positions at the first corner because of a spin in front of me. After that I was pushing hard for the entire race, made some good overtakes and I had a great pit stop from the crew. We were a bit lucky today; we’ve been unlucky in the past so I’ve certainly no complaints!
Renault Sport F1 Team Racing Director Fred Vasseur commented on the result by saying:
After the Chinese Grand Prix everyone dug deep so to finish strongly in the top ten at a circuit where we didn’t expect to excel is a testament to the resolve of everyone in the team. Kevin drove a superb race and there was nothing more we could ask of him. Jolyon didn’t get quite the same opportunities in his race but drove well too. A big thank you to everyone at Enstone and Viry for their continued efforts.
Jolyon Palmer in the second RS16-01 started the race from 18th place and came home in 13th place and speaking following the race the Englishman commented by saying:
It’s great for the team to get our first points of the season and I’m pleased that we’re making genuine progress with the car. Kevin showed what is possible today so that’s a good target for the next races. Overall we’ve learnt a lot of positives this weekend so I feel there’s a lot to build on for the races ahead.