Renault number one driver Robert Kubica has said that it will be 'interesting' to see how the tyre strategies unfold tomorrow in the Canadian Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Kubica - and the Red Bull's of Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel - were the only runners to opt to run on the slower prime tyre in the shoot-out, but after the softer tyres grained badly in practice on Friday, it could prove to be a very astute decision.
Indeed Kubica will be hoping it will give him an edge on Sunday to challenge the Ferraris and McLarens and make his way up from eighth on the grid: "It was another good qualifying session for us, but there was a difficult decision to make between the tyre compounds in Q3," Kubica reflected.
"During Q2 we clearly saw that the option tyre was quicker for qualifying, but, like yesterday, there was a lot of graining. So we made the decision to run the prime tyre for Q3 and, although that cost us some time in qualifying, it will hopefully put us in a good position for the race tomorrow. I'm looking forward to the race and it will be interesting to see how the tyre strategies unfold."
Renault boss, Eric Boullier and chief race engineer, Alan Permane are both hopeful the tyre decision will give them an advantage in the race.
"The session today was all about the tyres because it's clear that the option is the quicker tyre over one lap, whereas the prime will be better in the race. So it's going to be interesting to see how the drivers cope with the tyres tomorrow," Boullier stated. "Robert ran Q3 on the prime, which we believe is the best way to start the race and hopefully we will get the rewards tomorrow."
Permane echoed those thoughts: "It's good to see Robert make it easily through to Q3 once again and it was a fairly straightforward session for him. The option tyre was quicker today and he ran that in Q2, but we then chose to use the prime tyre in Q3. This probably cost us a better starting position, but we feel it's the better tyre to start the race on and hopefully we will have an advantage over those starting on the option in the first stint of the race," he added.
Kubica's team-mate Vitaly Petrov meanwhile will start 14th in the sister car after struggling for grip in Q2 and not making it through to the final session. His best lap in Q2 was a 1m 16.844s.
"In Q1 everything went okay and we did a good job, but in Q2 I had some difficulty warming up the rear tyres," said the F1 2010 rookie. "I tried to push hard for three laps to build some heat, but it still didn't work. The main problem was under braking because I was losing the rear and there was very little traction. The car was better in Q1, so we need to understand why we lost performance in Q2. For the race tomorrow, I think it will be tough to overtake here and make up positions, but I will try my best."