David Coulthard managed to qualify ninth for tomorrow’s Brazilian Grand Prix – but to listen to him, it’s a wonder the Scot isn’t on the back row.
Odd-feeling tyres, driver errors and team mistakes on refuelling all conspired to make him earn his pay in qualifying and put him four places back from team-mate Mark Webber’s pacey fifth.
Coulthard said: “The option tyre at the beginning of that qualifying session felt really strange, 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 refuelling, so I had to try and do the laps without burning all the fuel, but we managed it okay.”
Team boss Christian Horner was buzzing at the prospect of overhauling Williams in the constructors’ championship: “Another very strong team result clearly showing the progress that 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 five points we need to overhaul Williams.”