Valtteri Bottas says it was disappointing for Williams to leave the Hungarian Grand Prix without scoring points, but conceded that it was better than losing out at one of its strongest circuits.
Williams was braced for a challenging weekend due to the layout of the Hungaroring but Bottas was in contention for a healthy haul of points until he was clipped by Max Verstappen at Turn 5.
The minor contact left Bottas with a puncture and he dropped out of the points, eventually coming home in 13th place.
"Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull were clearly faster than us today and right behind us Force India was not much slower," he said.
"We were struggling with the pace but with all the things that were happening in the end of the race we could have actually get some points.
"But after the last re-start someone hit me from behind in Turn 5 – I think it was Verstappen – and I got a puncture, that was it. I needed to drive half a lap very slowly not to destroy the gearbox and the differential, so it was game over after that."
"It’s disappointing to score no points regardless of what the others did but this was always going to be a difficult race for us, so to be left with zero points here is better than be in this position in a track where we could have done really well and challenged at the front."