by Russell Atkins

Robert Kubica lamented the lack of qualifying pace that has left him five places adrift of team-mate Nick Heidfeld on the starting grid for today's Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, but is adamant ground can still be made up during the race.

The BMW-Sauber star has struggled with balance issues since the beginning of the weekend around the challenging Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, with particularly poor rear-end grip. On top of that, he lost the entire first session on Friday to a fuel leak, and then endured a spin later in the afternoon. Although he insisted he was satisfied with his own showing in qualifying, the Pole was not as happy with that of his F1.07.

"The position is not so good," he admitted to "Driving-wise, my performance was more than ok I would say. I'm half happy and half unhappy, but that's where we are.

"I know how good the performance of our car is, but mine seemed to just be missing a bit of everything."

Kubica was ultimately more than seven tenths of a second adrift of his inspired team-mate, though a single tenth would have lifted him up onto the third row of the grid. It is also believed he is carrying considerably more fuel than Heidfeld for the race.

"On Friday the track was quite slippery and dirty," the 22-year-old added, "but there was definitely more rubber down in qualifying. Admittedly our lap times were not quick enough, but we have to keep trying our best and make sure we score as many points as possible."