Rubens Barrichello declared himself delighted with his performance in qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Williams driver will start the race from 12th position, the Brazilian very happy with his final run in the second qualifying segment. Now Barrichello is looking to capitalize in the race.
"I feel great! I'm so glad that I put in a good lap because I have lots of family here this weekend," said the Brazilian. "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."
Teammate Pastor Maldonado, on the other hand, endured a difficult day after struggling to find the right balance with the soft tires. The Venezuelan rookie was knocked out in Q1 and will start from 18th.
"We didn't find the best balance on the option tire and so didn't get a clean lap in," he said. "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."