RENAULT’S drivers were delighted with their double points haul in Montreal.

Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz came seventh and eighth respectively in the Canadian Grand Prix for the Enstone-based outfit.

The ten-point haul at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve equals the team’s best finish, matching their efforts in Azerbaijan last month.

Renault were delighted to further solidify fourth place in the constructors’ championship, moving 16 points clear of fifth-placed McLaren.

Hulkenberg, who started seventh, said: “We executed the race well and it was a good effort from everyone.

“Ten points in the constructors’ championship is positive for us and we’ve extended our lead in fourth ahead of our rivals.

“It was a close battle, I lost a position at the start, but I managed to get the overcut on (Esteban) Ocon by going two laps longer, as he was holding me up a little bit on that first stint.”

Sainz, who qualified ninth, added: “It’s another step forward and we had a good race pace compared to the rest of the midfield.

“We wanted to bring both cars home in the points and we’ll certainly enjoy the result even though it was a largely quiet race for us.”

Grove-based Williams’ woes continued.

Sergey Sirotkin is still looking for his first points after finishing last in 17th.

Teammate Lance Stroll was involved in a first lap collision, leading to an early end to his home grand prix.

The Canadian, who made up early ground from 16th, lost control of his Williams, forcing Toro Rosso’s Brendon Hartley into a wall, before they careered into the run-off area.

Stroll said: “The car got loose on me, I corrected it but there was not much room for both of us, and by the time I had corrected it we had touched. “It is not ideal, but that is racing, things like that happen on the first lap as we are close and side by side.”

Sirotkin, who struggled with the ultrasoft tyres, added: “It was a difficult race.

“We were the slowest car and we did our best to finish the race despite the issues we had.

“That’s where we are and we have to be honest with that.”

Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen finished 12th and 13th respectively for the Banbury-prepared Haas.

The duo were left frustrated by the weekend.

Grosjean, who started 20th, said: “We tried to come back, but our strategy didn’t quite work.

“When we came out of the pit we had a lot of blue flags and so on.

“I couldn’t really come back through the field.

“We did our best. The car is fast and I enjoyed driving it.”

Magnussen added: “It wasn’t a brilliant weekend for us.

“We were thinking that P11 in qualifying was a good result.

“We thought that would be an advantage for the race – being on a different tire from the top-10. It didn’t really turn out to be that way.”