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BMW pair optimistic of points on farewell.

Despite traffic and lack of track time, Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld claim top ten qualifying spots for BMW Sauber's F1 farewell at Yas Marina.
Both Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld have insisted that they are satisfied with the respective starting positions for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix despite both reporting 'issues' on say two at Yas Marina.

The pair, who will line up for BMW Sauber's final grand prix on Sunday evening, qualified seventh and eighth after making it through to the final phase of the timed session at the expense of expected participants including Heikki Kovalainen and Kimi Raikkonen, but neither was entirely happy with their run.

Kubica, clocked 1min 41.992secs to secure seventh spot, admitted that time lost on Friday had prevented him from honing the set-up of his F1.09, but remained confident that, as in Brazil, he could produce a strong result on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, I missed yesterday's second free practice session and, as a result, I had no experience of the track conditions at this time of day," the Pole reported, "The conditions were completely different compared to the third free practice session [on Saturday morning], and the lower temperatures had quite a big effect on the car's balance. In the end, though, qualifying in seventh is quite okay and I am optimistic that we can fight for points tomorrow."

Heidfeld, meanwhile, claimed that he had been hindered on at least one lap, but admitted that he remained on course for a potential points finish before looking for alternative employment for 2010.

"I think my eighth position is alright," the German commented, "On the last lap, there was a small chance to improve, but I had traffic with Mark Webber in front of me - and, anyway, there is no guarantee this lap would have been faster. If I take the fuel load into account, I'm happy with my grid position, although I only really know the fuel load for our cars."

Heidfeld was also happy with two areas that had been flagged up as potential problems for the drivers this weekend, as F1 makes its first visit to the spectacular Yas Marina circuit for a race that will run from daylight to floodlight.

"The tyres seem to last here remarkably well, which means it could pay off if you stay out for longer," the veteran reported, "And the light from the setting sun was a bit
brighter than yesterday, but the circuit is built in such a way that you have to deal with it in only one corner, which anyway is flat.

"For our last race tomorrow I hope, for all of us, that we can achieve a good result with points for both cars."

"The outcome of qualifying is more or less what we expected," team principal Mario Theissen confirmed, "It was good to see both our cars make it quite safely into the top ten and, in the final part of qualifying, the field was very close together again. We ended up seventh and eighth and now it will be important to see when the first pit-stops take place."



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