Rubens Barrichello was very pleased after qualifying in Brazil today after he pulled a strong lap out of the bag to secure twelve place on the Interlagos grid.
Although the Brazilian would obviously prefer to be further up the field, the lap that earned him this grid position was undoubtedly the absolute best his Williams was capable of today.
“I feel great!” exclaimed the Brazilian. “I'm so glad that I put in a good lap because I have lots of family here this weekend. Also for the team and for the fans, it really felt like they were pushing me on which was an amazing feeling. I have to drive 71 laps like that tomorrow but we have the best chance now so let's hope for a good one!”
In stark constrast, team-mate Pastor Maldonado dropped out of qualifying at the end of Q1, and will start from a lowly eighteenth place tomorrow.
“We're a bit on the back foot with P18,” said the Venezuelan. “We didn't find the best balance on the option tyre and so didn't get a clean lap in. I will need to make up lots of ground in the race but after doing that in Abu Dhabi, I'm optimistic I can do it again here.”