Red Bull Racing have their sights firmly focused on stealing Williams' fourth spot in the constructors' standings in the final grand prix of the 2007 season in Brazil, after both drivers qualified well inside the top ten for only the second time all year.

Although fifth for Mark Webber and ninth for team-mate David Coulthard at Interlagos did not quite match the fifth and seventh places the duo managed in China two weeks ago, it nevertheless confirmed the advances the Milton Keynes-based squad has made with its hitherto troublesome RB3 of late, and more importantly still both are ahead of the Williams pairing of Nico Rosberg in tenth and Kazuki Nakajima all the way down in 19th.

"That was a good qualifying session," Webber acknowledged. "It's definitely going to be all about the tyres tomorrow, which should make it a very interesting race. Both cars are in reasonable shape and we've been competitive all weekend; so far so good, and we'll see what we can do tomorrow."

"The option tyre at the beginning of that qualifying session felt really strange," added Coulthard, for whom the result marked only his fourth top ten grid slot of the season. "I struggled on it, made a few mistakes and couldn't get it together. I then managed to on my last flying lap, which got me through into the top ten. There was a very slight under-fill when the team did my re-fuelling, so I had to try and do the laps without burning all the fuel but we managed it okay."

With RBR on 24 points in the title chase and Williams four ahead on 28, team principal Christian Horner is very well aware overhauling their rivals will be a big ask, particularly given the habitual reliability of the top two teams. RBR require at least a fifth-placed finish from the race to achieve their goal, and that is assuming neither Rosberg nor Nakajima succeed in scoring.

"Another very strong team result," Horner stressed, "clearly showing the progress we've made during recent weeks. Fifth and ninth with the cars on different strategies for tomorrow is a good position for us, and we'll be fighting hard to try and achieve the four points we need to overhaul Williams in the constructors' championship."

"We are very pleased with our performance today," concurred Renault principal track support engineer Fabrice Lom. "Our package was very strong from the start of qualifying, our drivers both managed to do a good lap in Q3 and the result is really encouraging for our race tomorrow.

"The competition is really close on this track, and the engine has a real role to play in those circumstances. Both our drivers have a fresh V8 for this weekend, and we will push as hard as possible to get the most out of our package and try and take fourth place in the championship."

 

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