Kamui Kobayashi was left disappointed after his seeing his run of points scoring finishes come to an end in Germany.
The Sauber driver headed to Hockenheim on the back of two strong performances at Valencia and Silverstone, where the Japanese driver took seventh and sixth place finishes.
However, Kobayashi was unable to race into the points at Hockenheim despite another typically bullish performance as he took the flag in eleventh.
“I am not really happy with today's race,” he said. “I felt a lack of grip on both sets of tyres, and tyre degradation started quite early on. In qualifying the balance of the car was definitely better than today. However, I had a good start and made up two positions then. The crew did a good pit stop.
“I tried to overtake Michael Schumacher, who was held up by a back marker, but then we ended up fighting on the straight and this is not really a strength of our car yet. Later I tried to fight Vitaly Petrov, but could not get by him either.”
With Pedro de la Rosa also failing to score again after a collision with Heikki Kovalainen ended his hopes of breaking into the top ten following a long opening stint, technical director James Key admitted it was disappointing way for the team to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
“Ultimately it's a bit disappointing not to finish in the points,” he said. “We decided to take a split strategy, with a gamble on Pedro's side and a standard strategy on Kamui's. Kamui drove well in a pack of cars and was probably held up early in the race.
“We brought him in to protect him against the cars directly around him, but it seems the option tyres lasted quite well for more laps and this enabled Vitaly Petrov to pass him immediately after his stop. He was then not able to re-pass him again, so we missed out on the points.
“With Pedro we decided to go as long as we felt we could, and then put the option tyres on at the end to see what was possible. Initially it worked well as he overtook Nico Hülkenberg, but then made contact with Heikki Kovalainen and damaged his front wing. It's a shame it didn't work out for us today, but it's only one week before the next race where we want to do better.”