Nick Heidfeld said he was satisfied to score points in the Spanish Grand Prix after coming from the back of the field to finish eighth in Barcelona.
Heidfeld was forced to start from the back after missing qualifying due to the damage sustained in a fire in final practice on Saturday morning, with the silver lining being that the German had more new tyres than his rivals for race day.
A strong performance in the race and good strategy from the Renault team allowed Heidfeld to take the flag in eighth although his pace suggested he could have finished sixth with a few more laps as he ended the race right on the tail of Mercedes pair Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg.
“I'm satisfied with eighth after starting from last position,” he said. “Just like in Turkey, with one or two laps more I could have gained one or two more positions from the two Mercedes, but it's still a good result if you look at where I started and everything that happened to the car over this weekend.
“I had a good start then I had to fight through the field with many overtaking moves so it was good fun for me behind the wheel. It's always encouraging to put in a strong performance, and I'm more happy and relaxed heading to Monaco.”
Chief race engineer Alan Permane insisted that the strategy call had been key to Heidfeld making it into the points.
“Our strategy with Nick paid off,” he said. “We decided to run the prime tyre first, the hard tyre which we ran for 21 laps which was our target, then we had three relatively short sprints on brand new options.
“Nick was a little bit unlucky as one more lap he would have had both Mercedes.”