Rubens Barrichello was 'satisfied' after qualifying eighth for the F1 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone today and added that it was 'probably' the best result the team could have hoped for.
Barrichello, who took a very encouraging fourth place finish for Williams at a somewhat controversial European Grand Prix two weeks ago, has been on the pace pretty much all weekend and he quite comfortably made it through to the top-ten shootout.
The Brazilian is now looking forward to Sunday's tenth round in the championship and believes he should be able make the most of the team's 'significant package of car upgrades' to take more good points.
"Top eight in qualifying is a good effort by the team," Barrichello said. "We still have to improve but today's result is satisfying and probably the best we could hope for. I hope we can get into the top six tomorrow.
"The cars are all very close, and there aren't too many overtaking opportunities around the lap, so it's going to be a good battle. The upgrades are all working really well, but they need more development if we are to move higher up the field."
Team-mate Nico Hulkenberg meanwhile will start 13th in the other car. He struggled a bit with his Cosworth-powered FW32 and was also bulked on his final pair of timed laps at the end of Q2, meaning he didn't have a clean run on the option tyres.
"Traffic really destroyed qualifying for me today," Hulkenberg lamented. "As I was going into the first corner on a quick lap in Q2, [Vitantonio] Liuzzi exited the pitlane under blue flags but didn't move out of my way.
"That ruined my lap from the outset as I couldn't get past him. I also struggled with the car today. I don't know why and I'll be looking into that with my engineers now."
Williams F1 technical director, Sam Michael, added: "That was a good qualifying by Rubens. It was a shame that Nico didn't go through to Q3. All the new parts have improved the cars' pace but, as usual, we need to keep working hard on the whole car package. Our focus is now on the race and scoring points tomorrow afternoon."