Nick Heidfeld has said that he has a 'good feeling' for the Italian Grand Prix, after he managed to put his BMW Sauber fourth on the grid and split the two Ferraris.

Heidfeld managed to pip his former team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages of Q3 and in the end he edged out the Finn, who was struggling somewhat after a crash in FP3, by around a hundredth of a second.

Now the German will be after a good start on Sunday, in order to capitalise on his place on the second row.

"I am happy to be on the second row of the grid and I have a good feeling for the race," said Nick.

"On my final lap I made a small mistake in the last corner, perhaps it cost two tenths of a second, but the gap to third is six tenths so in the end my mistake didn't really make a difference.

"Normally I make good starts and hope it will be the case here as well, although I have to start on the dirty side of the track and, of course, the first corner has to be all right.

"It is a pretty long way to the first bend here, and you have cold brakes and very little wing, which we are not really used to. We all have to watch out."

Heidfeld's team-mate, Robert Kubica meanwhile will start from sixth spot, his best time in Q3 a 1 minute 23.446 seconds, around three tenths off his team-mate and Raikkonen.

"It was sort of business as usual, and we get used to this good position," added the Pole.

"We had the possibility, because of Kimi Raikkonen's problems this morning, to stay in front of a Ferrari, and Nick managed to do it so it is good for the team. Happily I am in good shape for the race too."

BMW Sauber team boss, Mario Theissen was impressed with Kubica and Heidfeld: "This was a great qualifying result for the team. Nick was able to finish fourth on his last lap - just in front of Kimi Raikkonen. Robert was also quick and, as expected, is in the top six.

"The pit stop strategy, with two cars immediately after each other, worked perfectly for us," he summed-up.

 

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