Robert Kubica and Nick Heidfeld locked out the third row of the grid for this weekend's Turkish Grand Prix, and insisted that was the best they could hope for on a day when Ferrari and McLaren once again ruled the roost.

After setting identical lap times to each other in Q2 - confirming, quipped some paddock wags, the team's German-Swiss precision - a late charge from Kubica saw the Pole pip his German team-mate by just three tenths of a second in the final reckoning to seal fifth place, and now he is aiming for a similar result in the race.

"I think it was a good qualifying," he asserted. "To do better would have been difficult. We hope for a good race tomorrow, but it will be hot and so not easy for the tyres. There is not a big difference between the soft and hard compounds, as the soft ones are quick on the first timed lap and the hard ones quicker and more consistent on long runs.

"Fortunately I am pretty confident we are in good shape for long runs as we concentrated on that yesterday. My first run in Q3 was not good as I made a small mistake, but the second one was ok. We have to be happy and, although we could perhaps have gone a bit quicker, I think it is a lot to ask to put our car in the middle of the Ferraris and McLarens in today's conditions."

"I am pleased with the result," concurred Heidfeld. "My last lap was good and I was pleased to see we were strong in Q2. I will be starting from the dirty side of the track which, of course, is a disadvantage, but I am really looking forward to tomorrow.

"It could be an exciting grand prix because overtaking is possible on this circuit, but for overtaking you need to have cars in front of you which are generally slower, and this is not the case for me."

BMW Motorsport Director Dr Mario Theissen was similarly happy with the outcome of the hour-long session, arguing it was a sign the squad had taken another step forward in comparison to its direct rivals Renault, whilst at the same time maintaining its impressive and still unbroken record of seeing both drivers through to the final top ten grid shoot-out at every race so far in 2007.

"It was a good qualifying for both cars," he affirmed. "The timing in all three sections was just perfect - in Q1 as well as in Q2 we didn't have to do more than one outing. This shows we are significantly stronger than the teams behind us, and fifth and sixth on the grid confirms what we expected."

"We are satisfied with the qualifying and took our 'reserved' positions," joked technical director Willy Rampf. "Also for the twelfth time in the twelve races this season we have managed to get both cars into the top ten on the grid, which is a strong effort.

"Everything went according to plan, especially the double pit-stops in Q3. Looking at our grid positions we are confident for the race on Sunday, which, like today, will be held in hot conditions."

 

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