Renault's Robert Kubica put in a 'superb' drive to nab sixth on the grid on Saturday, during qualifying for the F1 2010 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, the tenth round in the championship.

Kubica had struggled a bit in practice, but got the absolute maximum from his car when it mattered to ensure he will start Sunday's race in a great position to add to his current 83 point tally and maintain a run that has seen him finish in the points eight times in succession.

Speaking after qualifying though, the Pole admitted that it had been a bit touch-and-go and that he had had a 'big moment' in the top-ten shoot-out when he almost spun.

"It hasn't been the easiest weekend so far and we have been struggling with the overall feeling and pace of the car," Kubica said. "We've been changing lots of things, but it has been difficult to put everything together.

"It felt like a great result just to get into Q3 and so I'm very happy to qualify in P6 and pleased with the lap time - especially because, on the first lap of my final run, I had a big moment in turn 1 and nearly lost the car at 270km/h!

"Looking to the race, we know how difficult it is to overtake at Silverstone. As usual, the start, the first lap and the pit stops will be the crucial points in the race."

Team-mate Vitaly Petrov meanwhile will start 16th in the sister car after a fuel pick-problem put him on the backfoot in Q2.

"At the start of the session everything seemed quite good: the lap time was there and the speed," said the F1 2010 rookie. "[But] after my first run in Q2, the engine cut out in the pit lane, and my mechanics did a fantastic job to get me back out before the end of the session.

"Then on my final lap in Q2, I didn't warm up the tyres very well so I need to analyse the data from my lap. For the race tomorrow we know how difficult it is to overtake here, but as usual I will try my best."

Renault boss, Eric Boullier added: "Today's qualifying session was a mixed one for us. Robert drove superbly to deliver the perfect lap on his final set of tyres in Q3 and his sixth place is an excellent result. Once again we are pleased to be ahead of one Ferrari and one Mercedes.

"Vitaly's session was more complicated because there was a fuel pick-up problem at the end of his first run in Q2, which cut the engine and put him under pressure for the rest of the session. His result was not what we were hoping for, especially after an excellent lap in Q1 and the speed he had shown earlier in the weekend. I now hope tomorrow he can show some good race pace and make up some positions."


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