Heikki Kovalainen admits he was surprised to see Renault fighting Toyota as well as BMW in qualifying for the British Grand Prix, but was nonetheless satisfied to be seventh on the grid and ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella.

The third time he has edged Fisichella this season, Kovalainen was a comfortable top ten runner throughout the qualifying session, but while he admits Renault have been concentrating on beating BMW, they weren't expecting Toyota to find some speed.

Nonetheless, the Finn was satisfied with seventh on the grid, even if he admits a small error on his final lap is likely to have cost him the tenths he needed to qualify slightly higher up.

"When you come out of qualifying, you always think you could have done a little better on the last timed lap - and for me, I felt I made a small mistake that cost me some time. But once again, our result this afternoon shows we are heading in the right direction, as I got into Q3 for the third consecutive time.

"Toyota were the surprise for us this afternoon, as they have been much stronger than they were in France - and we will need a good strategy to beat them. For me, the first target for tomorrow is to get round the first lap without any problems, unlike in Magny-Cours. Then we need a consistent performance from the car all through the stints, and a good strategy. I'm confident we will have that, and that we can make up positions in the race."

Fisichella meanwhile also blamed a mistake for making the difference between himself and his team-mate, but was content to see at least one BMW behind him on the grid.

"It was a very tight session all the way through the field, but it was very clean for us, with no problems and the car working well. My only problem came on the most important lap, the last timed one, when a small problem with the brakes meant I missed the line through turns four and five - which probably cost me a couple of tenths.

"Looking ahead to the race, the car performed consistently on the long runs yesterday, so I think we can feel positive for tomorrow afternoon. After that, we will have to race hard, and try to take points away from BMW."

 

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