Robert Kubica once again got the better of BMW team-mate Nick Heidfeld in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, both drivers experiencing varied fortunes around the Silverstone circuit.

Although the duo have once again been evenly matched so far this weekend, Kubica pulled ahead of Heidfeld through qualifying and earned the title of 'best of the rest' behind the two McLarens and Ferraris in fifth position.

Indeed, the Pole, racing at Silverstone for the first time this weekend, was not disgraced by the leaders, just four tenths off pole position and another tenth up on the rest of the competition.

Adding that he also had a gearbox problem in practice, Kubica was pleased with the way his qualifying session finished, although he admits it will take failure amongst the top four for him to improve on fifth in the race.

"This morning I didn't do a lot of running because of a gearbox problem. However, everything turned into better shape for me at the most important point of the weekend. Qualifying was good, in fact better than we expected and I had a good pace.

"We struggled yesterday with my set up, but we changed something for qualifying and it looks like this has made the difference. If I was joking I would say we were the first of the B championship. It looks like Ferrari and McLaren here are too far away to fight with them, but it is important to be there if someone has a failure and so we can gain positions"

Heidfeld meanwhile will start ninth, his lowest grid position of the season, after failing to get the most out of the tyres in the less than favourable weather conditions. He is now hoping his fuel strategy will see him come into play as the race progresses.

"Of course I am not happy. Ninth position is my worst qualifying result this season. I couldn't get the most out of the tyres - neither at the beginning of the lap nor towards the end when they started graining.

"The balance of my car wasn't bad. Compared to yesterday this had already improved for this morning's session, as we identified a set- up mistake we made yesterday. Naturally I hope some cars starting in front of me have to refuel before me, but you can never tell."

 

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