Heikki Kovalainen was feeling bullish about his chances in the Turkish Grand Prix after qualifying a solid seventh for the Turkish Grand Prix, comfortably ahead of Renault team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.

Returning to the top ten after missing out in Hungary, Kovalainen was comfortably in the single figure positions throughout qualifying, edging Nico Rosberg out by a tenth to secure a spot on the fourth row of the grid.

Indeed, the Finn was pleased with his day and is looking forward to challenging for a good points haul in the race, one which is set to place him ahead of Fisichella in the standings should he score two points more than his team-mate.

"I needed a good qualifying session today, after failing to make it into the top ten in Hungary. We worked out the problems we had in Budapest, and we were more careful in our approach. That paid off because we were back on our normal pace. The team has done a great job throughout the weekend to improve the car, and I want to thank my engineers and mechanics for all their hard work since Thursday.

"The balance was consistent, and we had a good level of performance on both types of tyre. Clearly, we are still some way off the top teams, but if we keep our heads down and carry on working, then we know we will get there. First priority, though, is tomorrow's race. I think we are in a good position, and the strategy is the right one. Hopefully we can consolidate our position, and try to race with the cars in front."

While Kovalainen was delighted with his form, Fisichella by contrast was less impressed with his performance, claiming he suffered in the windy conditions. Nonetheless, points remain on his radar in the race from tenth on the grid.

"This wasn't a brilliant session for me. I was struggling with the balance as it was quite windy and the car was understeering for a lot of the lap. In terms of competitiveness, we are in our usual position behind the top three teams. The conditions tomorrow will be extremely hot, and I am expecting a tough race. The target will be to out-race the cars immediately around us, and to try and make up some positions to get into the points.

 

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