BMW duo Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica were both left disappointed by their positions in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix after securing eighth and ninth places on the grid in Shanghai.

A surprising result for the team having been comfortably the 'third' best behind Ferrari and McLaren in the first two knockout phases, both drivers claimed to lose balance when their cars were carrying fuel on board.

Heidfeld himself lamented a lack of running in Friday practice when he suffered a myriad of gearbox problems, the German claiming his car was nothing more than mediocre to drive.

"I don't want to complain as my car was okay. However, the time I lost in both Friday practice sessions definitely influenced the result. It was only in Q2 that I was able to drive on the limit, but this was not in every corner.

"In Q3 the balance was not so good with the fuel on board. Our weather forecast says rain for tomorrow. There is a typhoon in the area, but perhaps it will move elsewhere although at the moment that is not really clear."

Kubica too admits he expected better than ninth on the grid and is now hoping for better fortune come race day.

"I have to be honest and say I was expecting more from today. This morning I was a lot happier with the car and felt we were going in the right direction for the set-up. However, this afternoon just didn't go right for me. I now have to concentrate on the race and hope the strategy I have can help me recover from this disappointing result."

 

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