Rubens Barrichello just missed out on making it through to the top-ten shoot-out today in qualifying for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Barrichello looked as if he had almost done enough, but in the end he was just edged out by his former Ferrari team-mate and record-breaking multiple F1 world champion, Michael Schumacher - the margin a minuscule 0.033 seconds.

Despite that though, the Brazilian was happy with his form and reckoned he had got the maximum from his Cosworth-powered Williams FW32: "Qualifying went ok for us; it was just a shame that we were pipped in the last minute of Q2," Barrichello stated.

"Everything is so close at the moment though and, if you think about it, that was our best qualifying for getting closer to the top. It was a great lap and I'm happy with what I did out there this afternoon."

Williams technical director, Sam Michael was also pleased to see Barrichello perform so well, especially as his mechanics had to fit a new engine to his car following FP3.

"Rubens did well in qualifying and unfortunately just missed out on a slot in the top ten. We had to fit a new engine on his car after this morning's practice so it was a good effort by the mechanics to get him out in time for qualifying," he observed.

Meanwhile Nico Hulkenberg also made it through to Q2 in the other Williams FW32. However, he never looked likely to get any further and will start from the eighth row of the grid in P16. His best lap was a 1 minute 36.647 seconds, nine tenths off the sister car.

"We had a hard time in the practice sessions and P16 is obviously not what I was hoping for," said 'The Hulk'. "My last lap wasn't perfect because I made a mistake in the last corner which cost me time.

"I think it will probably be wet for the race tomorrow though and I'm looking forward to it," he concluded.


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