Kimi Raikkonen admitted scoring points was a positive after Lotus endured a difficult weekend in Malaysia.
Raikkonen started from tenth place and finished in seventh.
“Although the car felt very good on Friday, yesterday and today have been pretty difficult,” the Finn said.
“Since Saturday morning it has not been behaving as we expected for some reason, especially in the wet where we really struggled for grip. It was a tough race and I lost part of my front wing at the start which didn’t help, but at least we scored a few points which is better than coming away with nothing. If we can get the car back to how it was in Australia then I’m sure we’ll be at the front again.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean finished sixth.
“I think we can be quite happy with the result today,” he said.
“It was a tough race, starting wet and finishing dry, but that’s what you expect in Malaysia. I spent a lot of time stuck behind Felipe [Massa] in the middle phase of the race and I’m sure if I could have passed him earlier then I would have stayed ahead, but by the end my tyres were finished so it was best just to let him through. It’s not the result we would have wanted at the beginning of the weekend, but at the end of the day it’s more points for the team and we’ll try to come back stronger in Shanghai.”