Rubens Barrichello is optimistic that third place on the grid for the Turkish Grand Prix will give him an advantage over his Brawn teammate Jenson Button, who has qualified one spot ahead in second.
With very little racing at the Istanbul Park track, dirt off the racing line has been a problem this weekend -- and Barrichello thinks that will favor him at the start as the 'odd' side of the grid is on the racing line.
"We were discussing where it would be better to start from here, and I hope it is third," said Barrichello. "I am told this is the only race of the year [at Istanbul Park], so we have been passing on the right of the main straight. Although I like Jenson very much, I hope my side of the grid is better."
Brawn had not been a frontrunner in practice, but both Button and Barrichello mounted a strong challenge for pole in qualifying and were only narrowly beaten by Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.
"It has been a good job since last night," said Barrichello. "I think the track may have come towards us a little bit, and the car feels a lot better."
The Brazilian had languished near the foot of the top ten after his initial Q3 attempt, but surged up to row two with his final run.
"This morning the fourth lap was better tha n the third laps, but in qualifying it is more difficult," he said."I lost the first two laps today as I had traffic, and the balance was not as good as I expected so the fourth lap could have been better. I want to know if there was more time in the tires."