Nico Rosberg said he was pleased to fight back into the points in Valencia made the most of a strategy change from Mercedes to secure a top six finish.
The German had planned to try and complete the race on a one-stop strategy but the team took the decision to switch the Chinese GP race winner onto a two-stop strategy when it looked like he would be unable to make his tyres last to the finish.
Having made his second stop, Rosberg found himself outside the points but on fresher rubber than the cars ahead, he was able to carve his way up to sixth place to cap a fine race for Mercedes – with team-mate Michael Schumacher celebrating his first podium finish since coming out of retirement at the start of 2010.
"That was a really exciting race,” he said. “I had a bad first few laps and lost positions, then the Safety Car came out at a bad moment for me. After the restart, I thought I would end up finishing out of the points, because I had the oldest tyres and therefore no grip, which made it very hard to defend.
“We had planned to try a one-stop strategy but had to convert to two stops, and thanks to the strategy guys, we were on fresh tyres when everybody else was struggling. I was in P12 on lap 47 and P6 at the end, so it clearly worked and we are very happy with a good team result after such a chaotic race, with two cars in the top six.
“A great result for Michael with his podium and I am happy to score some more nice points."
Rosberg's sixth place keeps his run of points scoring finishes going, with only Fernando Alonso
having scored more in the last six races after his victory on home soil.