• European Grand Prix

Barrichello targets turnaround

ESPNF1 Staff
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Rubens Barrichello leads team-mate Nico Hulkenberg at the start © Getty Images

Rubens Barrichello hopes that his fourth place in the European Grand Prix will provide a springboard for the team to improve further for the remainder of the season.

Having qualified ninth behind team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Barrichello made the most of the safety car period before holding off Robert Kubica's Renault to secure a highly creditable fourth.

"It was great fun out there today and the car was behaving well throughout the race," said Barrichello. "We really seem to be heading in the right direction with the development of the car and I hope that this improved performance continues for the rest of the season."

Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified eighth, also looked set to finish in the points before he was forced to retire from tenth with an exhaust failure late in the race.

"That was a good performance today by both cars, and definitely a step forward," said Williams technical director Sam Michael. "Unfortunately, an exhaust failure cost Nico a possible point today and we will be investigating the cause back at the factory."