Palmer overjoyed with first points of 2017
18 September 2017 – Renault's Jolyon Palmer expressed his delight at capturing his first points of the 2017 campaign after finishing in sixth place at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Palmer moved into sixth on the opening lap in wet conditions at Marina Bay before picking off Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas to run fifth.
He ultimately slipped behind Bottas, and was also overhauled by Carlos Sainz Jr., but fended off a charging Stoffel Vandoorne to take sixth.
It marked Palmer's first points of the year, having previously placed 11th three times, and also his best result in the sport.
"I'm so happy, it's pretty huge," he said of the race.
"I don't really mind about what happened all weekend [losing his 2018 seat at Renault), I'm just happy with the race.
"I would have been happy in any race to finish sixth, finally to get some points for the season.
"Like I said, I had seven more races to do a good job, go out with my head held high with Renault, I've done one, six more to do."
Renault chief Cyril Abiteboul extolled Palmer's drive, as the Briton made his first contribution to the manufacturer's 2017 points tally.
"Despite the circumstances, he drove an error-free race on a night where it would have been easy to make many," said Abiteboul.
"He was able to help the team in its progress for the Constructors' Championship, we now sit in seventh place and closer to reaching our goal for fifth position.
"The final races are well suited for our cars and our target remains unchanged."
Palmer's team-mate, Nico Hülkenberg, held fourth position until he was forced to retire his R.S.17 due to an oil leak.