Australian GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa achieved fourth and 20th positions respectively after this afternoon's first qualifying session, so tomorrow they will start final qualifying first and 17th in the running ...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa achieved fourth and 20th positions respectively after this afternoon's first qualifying session, so tomorrow they will start final qualifying first and 17th in the running order.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"The weather made things pretty difficult for us today. When it was my turn it was a very tough decision which Michelin tyre to go for. It was a choice between intermediates and dries, so we went for the latter. As you saw, it was slippery on them during my out lap but I was fortunate not to hit anything when I spun. After that I wasn't too aggressive on my qualifying lap. It was pretty good, so in the end I guess it was our lucky day."

Felipe Massa:

"There's not much to say. It was a clear decision to go for dry tyres by the time my turn came about, but it began to pour with rain literally as I came past the pits on my quick lap. It was very slippery, and of course there was no point to finish the lap. I just hope I am luckier in the race."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"The first of the new-style qualifying sessions brought us the sort of weather challenge we have rarely encountered before. Jacques had to make a difficult choice on tyres and was the first to go for grooves, and he got the maximum out of the car. Felipe had an easier choice given the conditions, but then his run was ruined by the sudden downpour, so he had no chance."

Jacques Villeneuve
Chassis: C23-03
1:36.984, 4th

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C24-02
no time, 20th

-sauber-

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber