Nico Rosberg led Mercedes to a double points finish in the German Grand Prix despite admitting his seventh place was little more than 'okay'.
Rosberg had run fifth in the opening laps of the race but was unable to keo the Ferrari of Felipe Massa at bay as he slipped to sixth.
A two-stop strategy from Adrian Sutil then allowed the Force India man to get ahead of Rosberg to take sixth place with the Mercedes man admitting he didn't feel as comfortable in his car as he had done in qualifying.
"I had a good start to the race today and made up one position on the first lap to be running in fifth place,” he said. “However I didn't have a perfect set-up today and the car wasn't working quite as well as in qualifying. I had some good battles with Massa but despite pushing hard, it was impossible to keep him behind me.
“Seventh place is ok but we know that we have some work to do to maximise our latest upgrades in the race. I have a great team behind me, both the engineers and the boys in the garage, so I am confident that we will do this and we will see what happens next week in Hungary."
Team-mate Michael Schumacher meanwhile endured another action-packed race after losing time with a spin at turn ten while fighting for position with Rosberg on the 23rd lap.
Despite losing a position and a whole heap of time as he recovered back onto the circuit, Schumacher was able to finish the race just behind Rosberg in eighth place although he admitted that the spin had caught him by surprise.
"It was a pretty exciting race today with lots of action for both the spectators and the drivers,” he said. “Hopefully everyone in the grandstands was entertained and it made up for the cold temperatures a little.
“My spin caught me by complete surprise, but that spot is known to be tricky in wet conditions, even if the conditions were not so wet today. Anyway, it obviously cost me some positions which was a shame.
“Towards the end, rain could have helped but the chances were low so I did not count on it. All in all, I am ok with the race. With the little improvements we have made, we can look forward to Hungary now."