by Russell Atkins

Alex Wurz said he was frustrated to have endured such a disappointing weekend on the 30th anniversary of Williams' Formula 1 debut at Silverstone, but insisted that, with the nature of the midfield pack this year, points were always going to be hard to come by.

The Austrian both started and finished 13th in the British Grand Prix - despite a coming-together with Scuderia Toro Rosso's Scott Speed, the fault of which was disputed by the pair - one place behind team-mate Nico Rosberg, suggesting that is about the limit of the FW29's capabilities at the moment. Although both had figured inside the top eight in Friday practice, Wurz said the true acid test only came during qualifying.

"For our anniversary weekend I would have wished to bring home some points," the 33-year-old told afterwards, "not only for me but for the team generally, but the racing is very close at the moment.

"You have to ignore Friday. You can only judge the qualifying performance relative to the opposition, and I squeezed everything out of the car there, which made it clear it was going to be a hard race.

"I didn't have the best of luck with the tyre choice for the start, while it also depended on which fuel load you were on with which tyres. I started with a heavy car on the soft tyre and that didn't work, whereas in previous races it had done."

Having now put his Silverstone weekend behind him, Wurz is looking ahead to the next stop on the F1 circus - the European Grand Prix at the N?rburgring - though he tempers his optimism with a strong dose of reality.

"I think the circuit should probably be a little bit more suited to us," he explained, "but we're talking about hundredths here. It's so close in the midfield it's hard to make any real predictions; the only thing I know for sure is that it's going to be tough."