Robert Kubica is pinning his hopes on Spa-Francorchamps' reputation for eventful races after having an impressive qualifying session ruined by a grid penalty for an engine change.

The Pole went into the session knowing full well he would be docked ten places on the grid when his BMW suffered a rare engine failure during third free practice.

Nonetheless, despite the distinct lack of running, Kubica was able to string together an impressive series of laps throughout qualifying, eventually placing himself fifth on the grid, a position that becomes 15th once the penalty is considered.

The first time a BMW will not start inside the top ten this year, Kubica was sanguine about the penalty, claiming that anything can invariably happen, especially at unpredictable Spa.

"After yesterday's disappointing day, this morning was even more disappointing. We couldn't test anything for qualifying, and unfortunately once you start qualifying you can't touch the car.

"Also I had to run a bit before starting the show, which is important for qualy three, so that is why we decided to do two runs in the first session and I think this paid off. In summary it was a positive qualifying and tomorrow anything can happen."

BMW Motorsport Director Mario Theissen meanwhile believes this is a chance for Kubica to show off his race craft from the eighth row of the grid.

"Here in the 14th round of the season we have made it into the top ten in qualifying with both cars for the 14th time. Sadly we had to change the engine in Robert's car after free practice this morning.

"He missed the entire session because of the failure, but still achieved a very good result by coming fifth in qualifying. Now he has to start ten positions further back, but I believe even from there he has the opportunity to have a good race."

 

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