Williams man Rubens Barrichello has revealed he could probably have qualified higher than ninth for the European Grand Prix at Valencia in Spain had he not had an issue with his brakes in Q3.
Barrichello was still pleased with his performance however, and he has now set his sights on finishing in the top six. Should he manage that on Sunday it would be his best result of the F1 2010 season, as to date he has only had three points finishes, his highest a P8 in Australia at the start of the year.
“It was a good qualifying session for the team,” Barrichello said. “Ninth is a strong position to be starting from, but I could have done better than that if it weren't for a problem with brake warm up in Q3.
“I'm looking forward to tomorrow though and certainly feel we can achieve a top sixth finish as the car is looking competitive. We are quite happy with the improvements we've brought here this weekend. We still need to keep pushing, but this demonstrates that we can be fast.”
Nico Hulkenberg meanwhile also went well in the sister car and he posted exactly the same time in Q3 as his team-mate, a 1m 38.428s. However he will start one place ahead in eighth, as he set it first.
“A positive Saturday; that wasn't a bad qualifying! No one expected me to be ahead of Rubens today because he's been quicker than me all weekend. Somehow I pulled out a good lap in Q3 and beat him by a fraction,” Hulkenberg noted.
“We're obviously happy that we have both cars in the top ten, which was the aim. Hopefully we'll have a good race and get some points tomorrow.”
Williams technical director, Sam Michael added: “To get both cars into Q3 is good progress with the whole car package. Rubens had an issue with glazed brakes, which was a shame as that pushed him down the order. Nico did a good job in qualifying today.
“We do still have to improve across all areas of the car, and if we do that quickly we'll feature in the top ten more regularly.
“Rubens will be racing the blown rear wing tomorrow while Nico will run a standard version.”