Nick Heidfeld said he achieved the 'maximum' today in qualifying for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix.
Heidfeld will start the seventh round in the F1 2011 World Championship from ninth, his best lap in the top-ten shoot-out a 1 minute 14.062 seconds. That put him fractionally ahead of his Lotus Renault GP team-mate, Vitaly Petrov - a great effort, especially as he ran with more downforce, gambling on there being rain in tomorrow's race.
“I am extremely happy because I think I achieved the maximum I could have done today. We actually drove with more downforce than normal, as we were gambling a bit and hoping for wet conditions tomorrow,” Heidfeld confirmed.
“We made some minor adjustments with the car today and certainly got what we could have done from it. I'm also happier with how I'm driving on the supersoft tyres; yesterday I was not satisfied but today I really got used to them, and I think that showed through my lap times.
“Obviously you always want to be higher up than P9 but being in the top ten is satisfying and we will try to improve on this tomorrow now by securing a good pace and gaining some places.”
Petrov meanwhile was also pretty happy, although he complained that he did get the best out of the car in Q3.
“The track temperatures were much lower than yesterday and it was very difficult to warm-up the tyres properly throughout qualifying. As a result, I was lacking grip out there and I lost a bit of time during my quickest lap,” he explained.
“This said, Nick and I got to Q3 and this is a good thing considering the problems we had in Monaco. Looking ahead to tomorrow, it is really difficult to make any prediction. Montreal is almost always a crazy race and the safety car is often a part of it.
“Also, the weather forecast is looking unsettled so we can expect anything. As a result, tomorrow will be a case of adapting ourselves to the conditions and taking every single opportunity.”