Rubens Barrichello emerged a pretty happy man after qualifying a sterling eighth for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix.


The Williams driver of Barrichello and Nico Hülkenberg have generally been anonymous so far as the timesheets have been concerned this weekend, bar the usual improved performance in the wet-dry conditions seen in the second practice session.

Interestingly, the Brazilian veteran felt he could have gone even better if it were not for traffic on his hot-lap.

"I was pleased with my lap in Q3 but there was a bit more there which we missed out on due to traffic. I think we can achieve a better result tomorrow than we did in Bahrain,” he told reporters.

"Eighth is a nice result, but I know everyone in the team aims a lot higher. I’m sure we will get there, but right now that is the limit of the car."

Team-mate Hülkenberg was unhappy with his fifteenth place on tomorrow’s grid.

“[I] expected more,” he said. “The target was obviously to get into the top ten, but I didn’t get the lap together and this is the result.

"This is my first qualifying here; it’s not an easy circuit to learn and it’s very narrow and quite bumpy. It will be difficult to get into the points tomorrow from P15, but you never know what could happen if the weather turns."

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