Michael Schumacher was left to lament what could have been after an early crash and subsequent penalty put him on the back foot in Britain.
Starting 13th on the grid, Schumacher was up into 10th place by the end of the first lap and slowly continued working his way through the field.
However, on lap 9, all his hard work was undone when he crashed into Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi, damaging his front wing. And as the shunt was deemed to be Schumacher's fault, he was also handed a 10-second stop-go penalty.
The German re-emerged back out on track in 17th place but still managed to work his way up into a points-finish, securing ninth place.
"My result today is a bit of a shame, and of course I am not happy about it," Schumacher said.
"I think fifth or even fourth place would not have been out of question today thanks to the superb job the guys back in Brackley and Brixworth have done.
"I would so much have wished to bring them some decent points this evening when we go back to the factory for a BBQ with their families. But unfortunately, and due to my fault, I cannot.
"Having used DRS for the first time in the race, I was arriving at the corner with over-run. Underestimating the effect, my braking was not good and this is how the collision happened.
"It was right to get a penalty but why it had to be a stop-go, and not a drive-through penalty, I would like to understand better as I felt it was too hard.
"Anyway, the good thing is that step-by-step, the hard work of our team is paying off more and more, and this is a good feeling heading towards our next home race."