After 61 grueling laps in the heat and humidity, Kevin Magnussen looked pretty much the worse for wear at the end of last Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
The Dane brought Renault its second points finish and seventh point of the season as he crossed the line in 10th position.
But the achievement visibly came at a price with Magnussen physically drained a thoroughly in need of hydration, having raced all evening without access to his water bottle.
"Physically it was very tough, I didn't have any water in the car, so it was pretty tough," Magnussen explained to Autosport.
"I don't know what the problem was. I'm not sure if there was any water in or if the bottle failed, but the team definitely owes me a drink!
"In the end I just had to block it from my mind and get on with it."
Renault put its driver on a risky two-stop strategy using the UltraSoft and SuperSoft compounds, a call which paid off in the end however.
"But still, I'm really happy with this. The team did a really good job over the weekend and everyone in this team deserves it."
Magnussen's run in the points in Singapore will perhaps go a long way towards convincing Renault to keep the Dane onboard for 2017. The French manufacturer has yet to announce its driver line-up for next season.