Nick Heidfeld is hoping rain comes again to upset proceedings in the Japanese Grand Prix after qualifying fifth for the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway.

Save for a tense moment in the first knockout phase when he left his flying lap rather late, Heidfeld was yet again able to comfortably bridge the gap between the big four and the remainder of the field throughout qualifying.

Indeed, the German was somewhat in a position of his own in fifth place, two tenths up on Nico Rosberg in sixth, yet eight tenths behind fourth place Felipe Massa. As such, he is hoping rain will come to act as a leveller and aid his chances of finishing any better than the 'best of the rest'.

"I am very happy with fifth," he said. "I hoped at the start I had a slight chance of catching one of the Ferraris in the wet conditions, but it didn't work out. Qualifying wasn't easy, but in general the grip level of this circuit in the wet is pretty good.

"During the final laps I couldn't improve, as the last set of new tyres degraded too quickly. The weather forecast currently varies, but if I had my choice I would wish for a race under wet conditions."

BMW Sauber team-mate Robert Kubica however was less pleased with his effort after qualifying in tenth place, the Pole claiming he had tyre problems and speculating that the team failed to get him out at the right time.

"It was not very good for me at all during qualifying. Unfortunately we missed some experience of running in the wet. I had graining and I don't think our timing was right in qualifying three. We now have to see how the weather is tomorrow, although on today's performance I would prefer dry."

 

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