Nico Hulkenberg said he was pleased with his performance in the Italian Grand Prix after a battling drive saw him finish seventh in the Monza race.

The Williams driver had qualified in eighth place but climbed to sixth on the opening lap, where he would remain for the majority of the race.

The young German battled hard to keep the Red Bull of Mark Webber at bay until the Australian finally managed to get ahead on lap 50, although Hulkenberg was still happy to take the flag in seventh place - scoring points for the third time in the last five races.

"It was a tough day, but a rewarding one," he said. "I lost position off the start line, but managed to recover two places in the first chicane. From then on, I seemed to be fighting one or other of the Red Bulls for the whole afternoon, and there wasn't a moment when there was any let up in the pressure.

"It was made all the more difficult as I was struggling with the brake pedal, but it was an exciting afternoon of attacking and defending with great work in the pitstop, so I am pleased with the outcome."

Team-mate Rubens Barrichello joined Hulkenberg in bringing home a points finish in tenth, although his hopes of ending the race higher were hit at the start when he found himself stuck behind Sebastien Buemi early in the race.

"I had a good start off the line and was alongside Nico," he said, "but coming into the first turn, I took the outside line and we all bunched up behind Vettel who had a bad start - it is so tight there - and I lost a part of my nose.

"Perhaps more significantly, I dropped behind Buemi who was running long, and that pretty much dictated my race, but I am glad that I added a point to our championship position."