• Malaysian Grand Prix - Qualifying

R31 performed to its maximum - Heidfeld

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Nick Heidfeld: "I'm very satisfied as I think it's the maximum we could have achieved" © Getty Images

Nick Heidfeld is satisfied he got the maximum from his Renault by qualifying sixth for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Heidfled failed to make Q2 at the first race of the season but said things had gone much more smoothly on in Malaysia.

"I'm very satisfied as I think it's the maximum we could have achieved, especially looking back at Friday where we didn't do many laps at all and didn't have a lot of time to set up the car. It got faster and faster in qualifying today, but I have to say in Q1 I took it easy then I pushed a bit over the limit in Q2 and lost some time there, but in Q3 I found the golden middle and it was a good lap. Of course, I was a lot happier with the traffic here than I was in Australia."

Team-mate Vitaly Petrov was happy with eighth place after a serious suspension upright failure cost him set-up time on Friday.

"To get in the top ten today is a good result considering the track time we lost yesterday. We worked hard on improving the set-up in final practice and in the end I had quite a good feeling with the car. For the race, anything can happen, but it's clear that looking after the tyres will be very important because the degradation is very high here. We will also have to watch what happens with the weather because there is a high risk of rain. I don't mind if it's wet or dry."

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