Nick Heidfeld has set his sights on a repeat of the podium he managed last year at the Hungaroring after qualifying an impressive third for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Equalling his - and the team's - best ever starting position, Heidfeld may have benefited from Felipe Massa's failure to reach the top ten but he was still quick enough to beat the other Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen to secure a spot on the second row.

Indeed, BMW have looked threatening all weekend and although the start of qualifying proved a difficulty as they struggled to get the most out of the tyres, a decision to switch back to the harder rubber for his final run proved to be a savvy decision when Heidfeld ousted Raikkonen's best effort.

Given that he scored BMW's first ever podium at Hungary last year, Heidfeld is targeting something similar come race day, the German coyly hinting that he can challenge Raikkonen in race conditions.

"I am happy about P3, especially as up to now the whole weekend has not been easy. The tyre choice was very hard, but we were not the only ones facing that challenge. Yesterday was quite ok, but today in the second qualifying session we were not on the pace, and I was only in P6. Apparently, the soft tyres were the reason. In view of this we decided to go for the hard tyre compound for the last fast lap in the third qualifying session.

"I think with this the race should not be a problem. I would like to thank the entire team for the fantastic work. Third for me means the opportunity for the next podium. This is my goal right now. Generally I consider us as the third force, but Ferrari doesn't seem to be as strong as usual. Felipe Massa starts from a long way down the grid."

 

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