By Simon Strang
Saturday, March 28th 2009, 07:43 GMT
Robert Kubica believes the Brawn team, whose drivers Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello start the Australian Grand Prix from first and second on the grid, was 'impossible' to match during qualifying in Melbourne.
The BMW driver, who qualified fourth for Sunday's race, told the BBC he could have placed one position higher, ahead of Sebastien Vettel, but that the Mercedes-powered Brawn BGP 001s were simply out of reach.
"Looking at the situation, some of the cars are very strong, like Brawn, Toyota and Williams," he said. "I'm additionally not running KERS, which is for sure not an advantage if you don't have it so...
"But anyway I think Brawn was impossible to catch but third was possible," he added.
The Pole's challenge came alive in qualifying after a relatively quiet build-up through the free practice sessions at Albert Park, and Kubica ended the top ten shoot-out convinced he should be starting the race from third on the grid.
"I did a very good run in Q2 which got me already easy into Q3, that's why in Q3 we were quite confident," he explained.
"But in the last run, when I went out on new tyres, Nico [Rosberg] went wide at Turn 14 and he put a lot of dust on the track. I lost out their massively, my tyres were dirty and the next two or three corners were a disaster unfortunately."