Vergne's result would alter an hour or so after the chequered flag, when he was adjudged to have been at fault for the clash with the Sauber.
“I used all my KERS on the next straight to try and outbrake [Ricciardo], but then Gutierrez clipped my rear wheel at turn twelve as he tried to pass me...,” was the Frenchman's assessment of the incident.
Team boss Franz Tost, while praising the efforts of his drivers on raceday, admitted that the result could have been different had qualifying gone better.
“It's never a pleasant feeling to lose a point in the final lap, but it was a solid performance, which would have looked much better if we had qualified further up the grid on Saturday,” he noted.
“We approached this race with an open mind regarding strategy and our original plan was to run Daniel on one stop and 'Jev' on two. However, it soon became clear that a one-stop would work for both and we moved 'Jev' to that, after he had been the only driver starting on the prime. [tyre].
“He did a good job dealing with the others around him on the option and then fought his way back up the field to P12, two places higher than he started. Overall, it was a good performance in terms of his pace and 'Jev' drove a very strong and aggressive race.
“As for Daniel, he got stuck behind [Paul] di Resta for a while, but passed him in the second part of the race and built up a nice gap. Unfortunately, in the very last few laps, his tyres were giving up and he could not fend off Button...”