Bruno Senna admitted he was disappointed not to score more than a single point in the European Grand Prix after finding himself in the wars during the latest round of the F1 season in Valencia.
The Brazilian had qualified in 14th place for the race but worked his way into the points in the early stages to sit seventh ahead of the Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi.
Contact between the two however would lead to Senna being forced to pit for a new right-rear tyre and a front wing, while the former GP2 graduate was then handed a drive-through penalty that cost him further time.
Although able to work his way back up to eleventh by the finish – a result which then became tenth when team-mate Pastor Maldonado was handed his post-race penalty – Senna admitted there was frustration at not making more of the race.
“I feel quite disappointed as we had good pace and the right strategy,” the Williams man reflected. “It would have been difficult but it was working for us. However, after losing time with the puncture and then receiving the drive-through penalty it would have been difficult to get into the points even in a race like today.
“We got lucky with the timing of the safety car but on a positive note we had good tyre management and so we were looking competitive. Now we need to put it behind us and see it as a lesson learned.”