Vitaly Petrov endured a race to forget in Canada, although the Russian admitted there were still positives to take away from another F1 race finish.
The Renault driver suffered a spin at the start which forced him to pit for a new nose and then picked up two separate drive through penalties – one for jumping the start and one for causing contact with Pedro de la Rosa on the run to turn one.
That left Petrov well down the finishing order in 17th place and while disappointed not to have managed better, the GP2 graduate insisted he was happy to get another race distance under his belt.
“My race was almost over at the start when I spun,” he said. “I was trying to overtake on the right hand side when I got pushed out onto the grass and lost the car, which put me at the back of the field. I was lucky that I only damaged the front wing, which we changed at the stop. Then I had the drive-through penalties, which dropped me further behind.
“It's not really a race to remember for me, but it's still good experience because I finished the race and I learned a lot about the track, which will help me next year.”
Team principal Eric Boullier admitted that the team has hoped for Safety Car period to allow Petrov to get back on terms with the rest of the field but said it was a race to forget for the rookie.
“There is not too much to say – he jumped the start, had an incident at the start and was penalised for both,” he said. “We changed his strategy and hoped for a Safety Car that would allow him to gain positions but, for once in Canada, it never came.”