Starting from 17th on the grid, Magnussen was already up to ninth by the time the opening-lap mayhem and ensuing Safety Car period ended. The 23-year-old went on to drive a steady race to move past Grosjean and resist subsequent pressure from the Frenchman to finish seventh.
Following a trio of challenging races for Renault, Magnussen’s points means the French manufacturer is finally on the board in the Constructors’ championship.
Magnussen’s performance was all the more remarkable after he had to sit out the opening free practice session, with new Renault test driver Sergey Sirotkin piloting his R.S.16 in FP1.
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