Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa qualified their Sauber Petronas C21s ninth and 11th fastest respectively for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Europe. Nick Heidfeld: "I braked too hard and flat-spotted the right front tyre on my first run, and that...
Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa qualified their Sauber Petronas C21s ninth and 11th fastest respectively for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Europe.
"I braked too hard and flat-spotted the right front tyre on my first run, and that create vibrations that never went away. Maybe it did some small damage, I don't know. After that the car never felt as good as it did this morning, but we made a small change for the final run and that was my best. I just pushed flat-out, it was the maximum I could achieve. Ninth is still a good place to start, and I'm confident for the race."
"We worked all the way through qualifying on improving the balance of the car, and we made a small but significant change for the final run which gave it a lot more grip. Much will depend on the start tomorrow, especially as the new first corner is quite slow, but my tyres have been really good all weekend and I think we are going to have a very good car for the race."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"After the performance in free practice this morning we all expected a little better than ninth and 11th places in qualifying, but when you look at the times it's clear that tyres played a significant part this afternoon. We did a lot of race preparation on Friday, however, and I hope that we can profit from that investment in the race."