Jolyon Palmer was downbeat after seeing his opportunity of a first point in Formula 1 go begging after a mistake at turn four at the Hungaroring saw him drop two positions to twelfth.
The Renault Sport F1 driver drove perhaps his strongest race of his rookie campaign so far but is still looking for his first top ten finish, but rued the issue that saw him fall behind both of the Sahara Force India drivers, with Nico Hülkenberg inheriting the final point instead.
Palmer was slightly confused to how the issue occurred, with the Briton feeling he did nothing different on the lap he spun than he did at any other point of the race.
“I’m gutted as my first points in Formula 1 were there for the taking,” said Palmer. “The car was good and I was driving well within myself in P10.
“I turned in the same as normal at turn four – I wasn’t hanging everything out and I was looking after the tyres – but for some reason I lost the car in a massive snap. I need to look at everything with my engineers to see if there is anything we could have done to prevent it.
“I was running tenth, we had completed all our pit stops, we had good pace relative to those ahead and behind so it looks like we’ve made a real step forward this weekend.
“It was the best drive of my career today and just one small spin took away those points. I’m gutted today but I’ll be fighting to get in the same position or better in Hockenheim.”