Renault picked up their best finishing position since returning to Formula One at the start of 2016 as Nico Hulkenberg came sixth at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
Most of the hard work was done at the start as Hulkenberg leapt from 13th on the grid to seventh.
He briefly dropped behind the Sauber of Pascal Wehrlein during the pitstops but was able to regain it and moved up another place when Valtteri Bottas’ Mercedes retired midway through the race.
“It’s been our lucky day with some of the top cars out at the start, but also later on in the race too, so we clearly benefited from that,” said Hulkenberg.
“At the same time we were there at every opportunity to do a good job and the guys did a great second pitstop to enable us to pass the Sauber.”
Jolyon Palmer wasn’t able to take advantage of three of the top six drivers dropping out, narrowly avoiding last place after getting past Lance Stroll on the final lap.
He said: “We went for an aggressive strategy given my starting position on the grid and I think it’s fair to say it didn’t bring us the reward we wanted.
“I wasn’t able to get the pace out of the car when it was needed. However we were going better on the final set of tyres.”