Renault's Robert Kubica had mixed feelings at the end of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, and while he was happy to finish fifth and score good points, he was frustrated to have missed out on another podium.
Kubica was one of the few runners who opted to remain on slicks in the opening few laps - along with the likes of eventual winner, Jenson Button and Nico Rosberg - and it was working well for the Pole until the second safety car period on lap 22.
That bunched up the pack and negated his advantage, dropping him into the clutches of McLaren's Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, who back level, then got ahead and finished in front.
“It was an exciting race today and it's good to have scored some more points,” Kubica stated. “At the start of the race I made a bad start and lost a lot of positions, but we made the right decision to stay out on slicks when it started to rain and I was able to move up through the field into third place.
“However, the critical moment of my race was when the safety car came out [for the second time], which ended my hopes of a podium because I lost the big lead I had to the cars behind me.
"So although I'm happy to finish fifth, I still feel a bit frustrated to have missed a podium.”
Renault boss Eric Boullier meanwhile labelled Kubica's race as 'brilliant', while chief race engineer, Alan Permane concurred with the Pole that the second safety car had probably cost them a place in the top-three.
“What an exciting race and another strong performance from the entire team. Robert drove an excellent race and we can be happy to have picked up some more good points with a strong fifth place finish. However, we're a little disappointed because we were in third with Robert before the second safety car period. Without that, we could probably have finished on the podium,” Permane summed-up.