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Barrichello happy to end point drought

Rubens Barrichello, WilliamsRubens Barrichello welcomed his first points of the season after ending Williams's drought in the Monaco Grand Prix.

The Brazilian finished in ninth position, putting an end to Williams's worst start to a Formula 1 season, with the team having failed to score in the first five races.

Barrichello admitted he was sorry he gained a place after the retirement of team-mate Pastor Maldonado but was pleased to finally get some points.

"With six laps to go, I thought tenth was the best result we were going to achieve today," he said. "I ended up ninth, but not in the way I would have liked to as it was at the expense of my team-mate. We lost some really good points for the team so that is disappointing.

"I'm happy that I've broken my run of bad luck though. The safety car didn't help us as our one-stop strategy would have worked well had I not just done my pitstop before it was deployed.

"There are positives and negatives to take from today, the positive being we scored some points."

Maldonado, who was looking set for an eighth place finish, was very disappointed after retiring with six laps to go when he was involved in the Vitaly Petrov accident.

"The final result was not what we wanted but the rest of the race was good. My pace was strong but after the re-start Hamilton tried a very ambitious manoeuvre at the first corner and that was the end of my race. I'm really disappointed not to come away with any points today."

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