Despite not featuring as high on the final classification as he has done at times over the weekend, Heikki Kovalainen hinted he will run an aggressive strategy in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Looking for his fifth points finish in a row, Kovalainen gave a clue to his pace around the Spa-Francorchamps circuit when he secured the fifth best lap in the third and final free practice session.

Together with strong form during the knockout phases of qualifying, it was therefore something of a surprise to see Kovalainen finish the shootout down in tenth position, even if that becomes ninth when Robert Kubica's grid penalty is accounted for.

Nonetheless, Kovalainen's confidence in the Renault car seems to have prompted him to adopt an alternative fuel strategy in the race that he hopes will help him get the better of BMW, Williams, Red Bull and Toyota ahead of him.

"I have been very happy with the car all weekend, and our pace in the second part of qualifying reflected that. I didn't manage to put a good lap together on Friday, so finished quite a long way down the times, but everything came together nicely for me today and I was really able to push the car to the limit.

"I think our starting position may reflect some differences in strategy, as I know I put in a strong lap on my final run. Both types of tyres were working well in practice, so I think we should feel optimistic for every stint of the race, and look forward to a strong, aggressive performance."

 

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