Rubens Barrichello was left lamenting the problems he suffered at the start of the Belgian Grand Prix after losing a golden chance to get close to teammate Jenson Button in the standings.
Barrichello, starting from fourth, nearly stalled his car off the grid and was overtaken by the majority of the field. The Brawn driver changed his strategy during the safety car period and charged back to seventh position.
The two points moved him to within 16 of Button, who failed to score after being spun out of the race on the first lap.
Barrichello admitted he was frustrated by the start problems but was still happy to have reduced the gap to Button in the standings.
"Third time that we have that and I feel sorry really, it shouldn't happen," Barrichello said. "But honestly I haven't checked what happened but it was pretty much the same thing as the last races that I had [the slow start].
"I dumped the clutch and the anti-stall comes in and the car is not moving. That's disappointing, but you know if you think that I had 26 points behind Jenson in the championship two weeks ago, I'm 16 now -- so I'm getting back.
"I should have had a lot more points today though, but with all the problems that we had - the engine at the end - we're still very lucky to finish seventh."
The Brazilian admitted he was lucky as he finished the race with a smoking engine. "I prayed everything I know then," he said.