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Heidfeld: This result is critical for team

BMW Sauber F1's Nick Heidfeld has said that he wouldn't mind a wet race, even though he managed to qualify third for today's Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.

Heidfeld and the BMW Sauber team have had a torrid season and while he did finish second in the rain-affected Malaysian Grand Prix, he has only scored points on one other occasion, when he was seventh in Barcelona.

Indeed he hasn't lined up in the top-ten on the grid since Malaysia and so he was delighted with P3 and is hopeful it will help the team as it battles to stay in the sport following BMW's decision to quit.

"Today's result is obviously very important to everyone in the team. We said after BMW decided to pull out that BMW wants to leave on a high and not with what we have shown in the first couple of races," Heidfeld stated.

"[But] it is even more important for the squad in Hinwil. We are working at the moment on securing the [future of the] team. Nobody has given up in this difficult period of time. It is difficult to say what is going to happen but it is great that we can show such a good performance.

"We did our homework in practice, made several changes and I'm quite happy with the balance of the car. I think the fact that the 2009 cars are run on a medium downforce level here for the first time this year might be the reason for the grid being very different to previous races.

"In Q2 I firstly got stuck in traffic and then at my second outing I had a set of tyres which wasn't as good, therefore I knew I would go faster once I was in Q3. I still wouldn't mind a wet race tomorrow - even though I'm third and we did not take it into consideration in terms of fuel load and downforce level."

Robert Kubica meanwhile also went well in the sister BMW Sauber F1.09 and he will start from fifth place, despite a problem with the engine.

"Even yesterday we had a good feeling as we were quite competitive. When we changed the engine before this morning's practice session though, I immediately started losing speed on the straights. Unfortunately we were not able to solve the problem before qualifying. This is a bit unlucky as we have a very competitive car for the first time this season," Kubica explained.

"I hope we can solve this issue by tomorrow. I expect a tough race tomorrow as the pack is close together."



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