Heidfeld blames traffic for missing Q3
|By Pablo Elizalde||Saturday, April 4th 2009, 12:19 GMT|
Nick Heidfeld blamed traffic during his final run in Q2 for failing to make it into the top ten shoot-out in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
For the second race in a row, the BMW Sauber driver was unable to reach Q3 and admitted he was very unhappy with the result.
Heidfeld qualified in 11th, but will start from 10th thanks to a penalty to Sebastian Vettel.
"Of course I'm very disappointed," said Heidfeld. "I looked fairly safe in Q2 when I was seventh, but on my second quick run I had traffic on the out lap.
"Two cars in front of me and one behind meant that I couldn't go at the pace needed to heat the tyres up, and then the important lap wasn't good enough.
"After we did the comparison yesterday I was using the KERS today and it helped, especially in sector one where I was the fastest car for most of the time."
Team-mate Robert Kubica, eighth quickest, said he was pleased with his performance considering how hard the car was to drive.
"I'm satisfied with what I was able to achieve today," he said. "Although we didn't make any major changes after free practice the car was bottoming quite a lot, which made it unstable and therefore not easy to drive.
"I did what I could in the corners, but the straights are long here and give the drivers who are using a KERS a major advantage. I have to start on the dirty side of the track plus I have some cars with a KERS behind me, which will make the start very interesting."