Austrian GP Saturday Sauber notes

Pedro Diniz: "I was pleased with the car today. The team has made some very good progress thanks to all our recent hard work. I think I could have been in the top 10 today. As it was it was very, very tight and I only lost out in the closing ...

Pedro Diniz:
"I was pleased with the car today. The team has made some very good progress thanks to all our recent hard work. I think I could have been in the top 10 today. As it was it was very, very tight and I only lost out in the closing minutes. Unfortunately I just pushed too hard on my final lap, which up until the point at which I spun was a bit quicker. But overall, I'm happy today."

Mika Salo:
"The way qualifying is these days you really have to run right on the limit. I had my car set up to be at its optimum on the second flying lap of each run, and unfortunately at the end I spun on my first lap on my final run. The rear tyres weren't quite up to temperature and the car was oversteering a bit and I lost it. But the C19 is much better this weekend and I'm feeling confident for the race. We were very quick yesterday with plenty of fuel, so it looks good."

Peter Sauber:
"We were very close today to having both cars in the top 10. I'm really happy, especially for the team. They have worked very well the whole season, so this result is very important for us. The C19 has taken a step forward, and that is the result of a combination of small things. This is our best qualifying performance this year, and knowing that today Mika and the C19 had the potential to be as high as fifth is a good feeling."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Salo , Peter Sauber , Pedro Diniz
Teams Sauber