Michael Schumacher was happy with his step forward in Barcelona, while his teammate Nico Rosberg rued a step backwards.
The 42-year-old had another impressive start moving from tenth up to sixth place and said he was pleased to have held his position but admitted that he had struggled with his car’s setup.
“We managed to make the most out of our possibilities today which is good news, especially for our guys who I am happy for,” he said.
“I had a good start; going right through the middle was tight but fortunately it worked out,” he said.
“Then the race was about holding position from there. We can be happy with the result but other than that, it was just tricky with oversteer, tyre degradation and poor balance to deal with.
“Still we achieved what we could have, and I look forward to going to Monaco.”
Starting seventh, meanwhile, Rosberg fell behind Schumacher on lap one and spent the rest of the race in his wheeltracks.
Ross Brawn said that it the team’s race was well-run, but concedes that Mercedes still have more work to do if they are to finish any higher.