Nick Heidfeld says he was disappointed to miss out on the front row slot he feels he was capable of achieving in qualifying for the European Grand Prix, but at the same time admits he is more occupied with seeing his new son for the first time later today.

Becoming a father for the second time following his daughter Juni, wife Patricia gave birth to a baby boy named Joda early this morning.

Still, with the job in hand Heidfeld was focused on impressing on home ground for both himself and the BMW team and having impressed in practice, he was hopeful of a strong performance.

Although his eventual fourth position was little surprise given the early elimination of Lewis Hamilton, Heidfeld admits he was somewhat disappointed to miss out on a front row slot by a mere tenth of a second.

"It was a dramatic qualifying," he said. "I was relieved when I saw Lewis waving his hand and I hope he is ok. After he retired fourth position was my goal. I got there and my lap was good. But still it is a bit annoying to see the gap to second place was only one tenth of a second. Again I enjoyed the competition with Robert a lot.

Nonetheless, Heidfeld was happy to get his priorities in order by leaving the circuit straight away to visit his new son before coming back for the race tomorrow.

"I wouldn't have complained if the session had been stopped instead of interrupted! First of all because I was third at this stage, and second because I would have been able to fly home half an hour earlier.

"Apart from qualifying I am incredibly happy today because this morning at 5:24am I became a father for the second time. I can't wait to put my arms around my girlfriend, Patricia, our daughter, Juni, and our new born son, Joda. Of course I will be back tomorrow morning and am looking forward to my home race."



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