Pedro de la Rosa said he was disappointed by a missed opportunity to secure a good result for HRT after a lap one retirement in Monaco.
The Spaniard was more than a second quicker than team-mate Narain Karthikeyan in qualifying in the principality and was able to split Marussia pair Timo Glock and Charles Pic on the grid.
De la Rosa had been hopeful of building on his qualifying display to bring him a strong result for the backmarkers but his race was ended on the opening lap when he was hit by Pastor Maldonado on the run to turn one, with the resultant damage putting forcing him into retirement.
"It was a terrible shame; I feel sorry for the team because yesterday we did a good job and today we were starting from an interesting position and I think we could have achieved a good result,” he said. “Our one-stop strategy with softs first and super-softs second was good, you only have to see what Vettel did, so it was a shame not to have been able to complete more than 300 metres.
“It wasn't a mistake by me or the team, but one by another driver, but those things happen in races. One day it might happen to me too, the sad thing is that it happened precisely here after all the good work we'd done and how much I was looking forward to finishing in Monaco with a good result. I leave here a little bit sad because, although we wouldn't have scored a point, we could have at least finished with a good result.”
Narain Karthikeyan managed to bring his car to the finish as the final finisher in 15th place leaving team boss Luis Perez-Sala with mixed emotions.
"Pedro got hit from behind in the early stages, which was a real shame but, on the other hand, Narain completed a very good race and we achieved a 15th place finish, our best result this season so far,” he said. “This race is always complicated and, given the forecast, we started with a strategy planned for a wet race. In the end it didn't rain and that cost us a couple of positions. But we're satisfied because we finished the race, with one car at least and only two laps off the winner, something which here in Monte Carlo is positive for us.”