With all not being well in the Williams camp after being a surprise elimination in Q1, Rubens Barrichello drove an assured race to recovery to a ninth-placed finish, picking up two championship points.
After starting from 17th place, Rubens – who drove his Brawn GP to a podium finish at the Circuit de Catalunya last year – took five places on the opening lap and used this as a platform to mount a challenge for a points’ placed finish.
By the end of his first pit stop, he was running comfortably in the points, and stayed there until the chequered flag.
“After Saturday’s disappointment, this is a good result," he said. "We had a great start today, which allowed me to overtake five cars, and our pace was strong enough to stay with the Renaults and the Force Indias.
"We need to analyse it but I think we were on the verge of a tyre issue in the last five laps; if it weren’t for that, we would have finished closer to the guys just ahead of me. I am really happy, considering where we were yesterday."
In contrast, Rubens’ team-mate Nico Hülkenberg had a more fraught weekend. Despite running right behind Barrichello in the early stages, he faded to a distant 16th-placed finish.
"I don’t understand why yet, but I always felt like I was in the wrong place at the wrong time going into the corners on the first lap. After the first stop, I went off-line and damaged the car, which resulted in a lot less downforce – from there it became a very difficult race for me," he said after the race.
[Original image via ITV-F1]