Bruno Senna has said he was 'really quite satisfied' after qualifying seventh today for the Belgian GP.
Senna, who has been promoted to a race seat at the expense of veteran Nick Heidfeld, put in an extremely impressive performance in the very tricky and changeable weather conditions.
Indeed despite his limited experience with the Lotus Renault not only did he make it through to the top-ten shoot-out, but he managed to out-qualify his more experienced team-mate, Vitaly Petrov, and will now start Sunday's race at Spa-Francorchamps three spots ahead.
“I am really quite satisfied with my qualifying and I don't think my first weekend racing for Lotus Renault GP could have started much better; I wasn't expecting to be in the top ten when I set out this afternoon,” Senna said.
“I was a little nervous going out in Q3 using dry tyres on a damp track, because I hadn't managed much running on them this morning or yesterday. Bearing this in mind, I feel absolutely delighted with P7.
“Leading up to qualifying, I'd been working on getting a good performance in the wet, and I knew that if qualifying was fully wet I would be in a strong position, so to perform well on dry tyres is a fantastic feeling.
“Looking ahead to the race, I'll take everything step by step. The car was very good to me in qualifying so I hope this is something that repeats itself tomorrow. This circuit has been kind to me in the past and I hope that continues; the weekend is just getting better and better for me!”
Petrov meanwhile was less satisfied and was annoyed to have spun off on one of his final timed laps: “It's a good feeling to qualify in the top ten again, even though I would like to have finished higher than P10,” he added. “I will need to sit down with the engineers to discover what happened in Q3 when I spun, but the conditions throughout qualifying were very, very difficult.
”It was challenging for the team to know which tyres to select because the weather changed more than once in the hour-long session and this really tested us.
“As a whole, the weekend has been interesting because we've seen several different tyre compounds used, but the most important thing is we came out with both cars in the top ten. It's very good to see the team members with smiles on their faces once again!”