Williams endured a fruitless race at Magny-Cours - scene of numerous past successes for the Grove-based concern - as both Nico Rosberg and Alex Wurz trailed home outside of the points.

The German ended up where he had started - ninth - following an energetic early battle with reigning double world champion Fernando Alonso. He still looked to be on course for a world championship point, however, until Jenson Button leapfrogged him during the final round of pit-stops to steal the place.

"In general, this weekend was positive for me," the 22-year-old remarked afterwards, "but it wasn't the best race today. Button was slightly quicker and he was obviously having a better day with his car and his tyres, so he finished ahead of me and took the point.

"It's a shame for everyone who's put in so much effort to leave with no reward. This doesn't affect our position in the constructors' championship, but we need to start scoring consistently, particularly because we're now halfway through the season."

Team-mate Alex Wurz was no more fortunate, making up four places on his lowly starting position of 18th but spending much of the race in the train behind the Honda of Rubens Barrichello and Red Bull Racing machines of Mark Webber and David Coulthard.

"Obviously 14th is not where I want to be," the Austrian acknowledged. "It's not satisfying at all. Nevertheless, both cars made it to the finish without any issues which proves our reliability is good. The only problem I had was traffic. I was stuck in the train behind Coulthard, and neither our strategy nor our pace allowed us to get past him. Overtaking here is not easy - I made one manoeuvre, but needed more.

"It's a new game next weekend, and hopefully we'll have better luck at Silverstone. As it's the team's home race, a good result would be great for the guys at the factory."

"It was a shame not to get more from the French Grand Prix," added Williams' technical director Sam Michael. "The times were so close and, ultimately, we weren't quick enough. Unfortunately, Nico missed out on scoring a point because he was a tenth or so slower than Button. From Alex's position, it was pretty hard to do anything. There were no problems on the car; we just need to work on our pace."

 

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