Williams driver Bruno Senna has credited a 'great team effort' for allowing him to claim the final point in the 2012 F1 Italian Grand Prix.
Senna, who started 13th, opted for a one-stop strategy and while he admitted he was lucky to benefit from some of the misfortune that hit a few of his rivals - including McLaren's Jenson Button and Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel for example, who were both poised to finish ahead until mechanical issues put them out - he will still pleased.
Indeed it was his seventh points' finish of the year and takes his tally to 25, just four less than team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who finished one spot back in P11. Senna is now hoping for better in the coming races.
“It was very tough to try to make the one-stop strategy work today, but we did it and were also lucky with a few cars that were forced to retire. It was a great effort from the team to make it into the points,” Senna said.
“Now we look forward to the next few races where we run higher downforce on the car which should suit us better. We will be aiming to build on today and bring home even more points.”
Maldonado meanwhile was also pretty happy and while he failed to score – something he has only actually managed twice this year, when he won in Spain and finished eighth in China – it was still a pretty good result given he started way down the pack after his 10-place grid penalty.
“It was a tough race, especially starting from the back, but the car showed good pace and was consistent. We just missed out on the points but I was happy to have made up 11 places in the race,” said the Venezuelan. “I'm looking forward to the next race now [in Singapore] as I think the track will suit our car better, so we'll see.”
“Both drivers had good starts and from 13th on the grid today, we are pleased to have scored a point with Bruno who ran a one-stop strategy and finished in tenth,” summarised Williams chief operations engineer, Mark Gillan. “Pastor also drove well, finishing just behind Bruno in 11th on a two stop strategy, having started back in 22nd.”