Robert Kubica has praised the Renault team for the work carried out on its new F-duct after qualifying on the second row of the grid at Spa.
With the new device fitted to his R30 for the first time, Kubica had been on the pace throughout practice and went into qualifying looking to try and secure a place in the top three.
The Pole's first flying lap in Q3 saw him slot into second place behind Mark Webber but a fuel pick-up issue then prevented him from going out on track for a second attempt at pole.
Luckily for Kubica, the arrival of rain meant that only Lewis Hamilton could go ahead of him on the times and he admitted that he was well placed for race day on the second row of the grid.
“We have been in the top five in every session, in all conditions, this weekend, and going into qualifying we were hoping that it might be possible to get third place,” he said. “This is the first race at which we have used our f-duct and I must say congratulations to everybody at the factory because it has worked perfectly from the first lap in practice. In fact, I was in second position at the end of my first run in Q3 but I wasn't able to use my second set of option tyres.
“The car cut out just before the pit lane on my in-lap, and after the mechanics had pushed me back to the garage, we didn't have time to do another run. At the end of the session, I was standing in the pits, watching the other cars and praying for rain when a few drops started to fall - and only Lewis was able to improve his time.
“It meant I lost a place on the front row, but I am still in a strong position for tomorrow, and now we need to wait and see what happens - with the race and with the weather.”