Jolyon Palmer was delighted to record his best Formula 1 result of sixth in Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix, coming almost a year after his last points finish.

The result came at the end of a tough weekend for Palmer, who was confirmed to be replaced at Renault in 2018 on Friday, later revealing he found out via reading an article online.

Having failed to score any points since a 10th place in Sepang last season, Palmer was substantially behind teammate Nico Hulkenberg in Free Practice and could only manage P11 in qualifying, not making it to Q3.

However, a strong start and a duel with Vandoorne saw him move up to a P6 finish, even running in P2 at one point during the race as frontrunners pitted.

"I’m so happy, it’s been a long time coming but today everything fell into place," Palmer said.

"It was a tricky race with the drama at the start and the heavy rain but the circumstances put us in a good place to score some points."

Renault team boss Cyril Abiteboul, praised the driver the team have just dropped, saying: "Jolyon was able to get into the points for the first time this season and achieve his best result ever in F1.

"Despite the circumstances, he drove an error-free race on a night where it would have been easy to make many."

Whether Palmer would have been ahead of his teammate if Hulkenberg had finished the race is unlikely, but collecting eight points during a race with many retirements is a boost to the rest of his season.

"We had a good strategy, good pit stops and the car was good in the wet conditions," Palmer said.

"The next race should be even better.”

 

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