He may not have done much for the title fight in Japan but at least Fernando Alonso now holds the record for the most points scored in F1.
Starting eighth on the Suzuka grid, Alonso was up to sixth by the first corner and later climbed to fifth as he took the position off team-mate Felipe Massa.
However, the Spaniard soon found himself stuck behind Nico Hulkenberg and struggled to overtake the much-improved Sauber.
It wasn't until lap 46 that he finally shot past and up into fourth which he held onto despite Kimi Raikkonen closing fast in the final laps.
"There were some strong people in front of us and the threat from behind with Kimi but the race went good," he said.
"Fourth is a good result, from the start we recovered some positions and then we've been a little bit lucky with some Mercedes problems - both going backwards - so I think it was a good race in terms of points for the Constructors' Championship.
"In terms of pace we didn't have the pace to be on the podium but after those three we have been very competitive in the race."
Alonso's 12 points, though, not only gave Ferrari some breathing room over Mercedes, they also saw the Spaniard set a new record for the most points scored in Formula One.
He now has 1571 compared to Michael Schumacher's 1566 while Sebastian Vettel, who is on the brink of his fourth title after winning Sunday's grand prix, has a total of 1351 points.
"Even if Vettel doesn't finish all of the races I need to win nearly all so it's a matter of time," Alonso said of title race.
"It's true that we have different goals now like the Constructors' Championship; today with the problems for Mercedes we are in a better position and also today they told me I have the record of points in history so it's a happy day.
"Leading the score in one sport like Formula One is something great.
"I know the points system change some years ago but when someone overtakes me in the points no-one will remember the points system so let's try to enjoy the moment and have a little celebration tonight.