Completing 70 laps on the same set of tyres at the Mexican Grand Prix, Renault boss Fred Vasseur heaped praise on Jolyon Palmer after the Brit started from the pitlane to finish P14.
Palmer missed out qualifiers after cracking his chassis during FP3, which resulted in a pitlane start.
Initially starting the race on the supersoft compound, the French manufacturers swiftly put him on mediums, a set which he made last till the end of the race, garnering praise from Vasseur.
“Jolyon had a strong race where we made the most of an aggressive strategy and pitted him very early under the safety car,” said the Frenchman.
“He drove 70 laps on the same set of tyres and was very consistent to finish in front of some of our nearest rivals.
“He put in a robust defence of his position, in particular against both Jenson [Button] and Fernando [Alonso]. It was a very strong race for him.”
With Nico Hulkenberg joining Renault next year, Palmer and his team-mate Kevin Magnussen are fighting for the last available race seat in the team.