Timo Glock welcomed the two points scored at the Chinese Grand Prix following a difficult race for the Toyota driver.
Glock had taken the start from the pitlane following a penalty for changing the gearbox on Saturday, but the German worked his way through the field to finish in seventh, despite an incident that cost him the front wing when he made contact with Nick Heidfeld.
Glock is now in fourth place in the standings with 10 points from the first three races.
"In the end we picked up more points from the pitlane so we have to be happy with that," said Glock. "But it was a very hard race, especially at the beginning. I was quite surprised when we started the race. When you're at the back of the field there is no chance to see anything and it's like driving blind.
"I made up some ground but I damaged my front wing when I touched Nick. It was so difficult to see, I misjudged my braking point and hit him on the back.
"That meant we had to bring our pitstop forward by a few laps to fix the damage. Later when I had a clear run for five or six laps I was pretty quick and on the pace but as soon as I caught Kimi I was stuck behind him.
"I couldn't see the standing water so I had to back off, particularly in the areas where you could overtake. In the end I got past and we were able to bring it home 7th."
Team-mate Jarno Trulli retired from the race after being hit from behind by BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica on lap 17.
"That was not a good day for me," said Trulli. "The conditions were very difficult, there was a lot of standing water and lots of aquaplaning.
"When the safety car came in I made a solid start and my pace was okay in the early laps. But then I started struggling for grip, the pace just wasn't there and the longer it went on the more ground I lost.
"On lap 17 I just felt a big hit from behind and I lost my rear wing. I made it back to the pits but we couldn't continue. Still, my pace yesterday shows we're close the front so now we must hope for better fortunes in Bahrain next weekend."