Kamui Kobayashi bounced back from his crash in Friday practice to qualify eighth for today's F1 2011 British GP.
It was a good result for the Sauber driver, especially given the tricky conditions and in the end he progressed to the top-ten shoot-out with relative ease, ending Q2 seventh on the timesheets.
Although he slipped back a place in the final phase, he still had much to be happy about. Indeed it is not only his best grid slot of the season, but his best result in F1 qualifying full stop.
“It was a tricky qualifying with the constantly changing conditions. It was extremely difficult to predict what would be right and what would be wrong, but we have handled this quite well,” Kobayashi said.
“In Q1 I struggled a bit because I wasn't used to the car's balance on the hard tyres, and didn't have a chance to do a lap on the soft compound because the rain set in. In Q2 the track conditions were still tricky and damp, but in Q3, when I did my final lap on fresh soft tyres, everything worked out the way it should do.
“I am happy with this lap and I am especially thankful to my team because, due to their hard work, we recovered from what happened on Friday morning. Now I want to make the most of all this in tomorrow's race.”
Team-mate Sergio Perez meanwhile will start 12th and despite not progressing to the shootout, he was also pleased with his form.
“I think we did a good job today. It is a shame to miss Q3 by 36 thousandths of a second, but I'm quite happy with our performance,” he added. “Because of the changing conditions it was not an easy qualifying.
“Overall here our car is good. This is thanks to some improvements but also down to the circuit. The high speed corners suit us quite well. From where I will start the race I have every chance to score points tomorrow, and I am very much looking forward to my first British Grand Prix.”
“I think all in all it was a reasonable day,” summed-up Sauber technical director James Key. “This morning we had the first dry running of the weekend, so there was a lot of work to do. A lot of the test items from Friday had to be carried over to a very busy third free practice, but we pretty much proved everything we needed to, which was good.
“In qualifying it was tricky, as the conditions were very, very variable and quite difficult to predict, even though we had radar showing that the rain was quite light. It would have been great to get both cars into Q3, but we got one so we can't complain at all. Sergio did a great job to be 12th, and Kamui did very well to get through. Our position is okay, although it would have been nice to be a little bit further ahead, but we know our race pace is very strong compared to our qualifying pace."