Christian Klien claimed his first point for Red Bull Racing since the season opener in Bahrain with a battling eighth place finish in the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

The Austrian has struggled this season since he claimed eighth place in Bahrain, but was one of the big winners from an eventful first few corners, jumping from 12th to ninth place by the end of the third lap and moved into the top eight when Rubens Barrichello retired.

It was a position that he readily defended for the majority of the race and although he eventually slipped out of the points briefly when the charging Jarno Trulli dived up the inside of his car, the retirement of Mark Webber allowed him a second chance at the final point, a position a duly did not concede.

Having raced at Hockenheim in his junior days, Klien finished tenth in 2004, ninth in 2005, and has now completed the hat-trick with eighth place this year, a result he was thrilled with.

"I'm really happy. It's the second point I've got this season, the first being in Bahrain, so I've had to wait a long time. I've had a lot of bad luck and bad races, but finally we've scored a point again. The start of the race was really good. I gained a position at the first corner and another two at the hairpin, where David and Ralf (Schumacher) were fighting and hit in to each other.

"The pace of the car was good. We struggled a little to keep the pace of Barrichello and Webber in the first stint, due to some understeer and graining on the front tyres, but the pit stops worked well and I had more wing for the second two stints. We pushed 100 per cent today and got the results."

David Coulthard was not so excited with his eleventh place finish, the Scot having seen his chances of a strong result ruined when he tripped over Ralf Schumacher at the hairpin, leaping him up into the air and dropping him back.

"I started 10th and finished 11th. That was my race and I've nothing more to say."

 

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