The Brazilian started from thirteenth place but overtook a few rivals to move into the points.
“We had a strong car in the race and after a disappointing qualifying yesterday, getting a point means that I am happy with today’s performance”, he said.
“It was a fun race because I was fighting with cars that were very similar on pace so I had to make my overtaking manoeuvres stick, and so that was very satisfying. The car has felt much better this weekend so we will head to the next race with a lot more confidence”.
Pastor Maldonado was running just ahead of his team mate when contact with Kamui Kobayashi left him tumbling down the order courtesy of a puncture.
“The car was feeling good today and I was confident that I was going to score points, but my race was effectively over when I was hit and picked up a puncture which put me towards the back and lost me a lot of time”, said the Spanish Grand Prix winner.
“It was a very unlucky race for me in the end, but we can take some positives in the fact that the pace of the car has improved and we should be more competitive for the final three races of the season”.