French GP: BMW Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

The BMW Sauber F1 Team had a trouble free Saturday at the French Grand Prix and were rewarded by Robert Kubica qualifying fourth and Nick Heidfeld seventh. This was Robert's best qualifying result in Formula One. Robert Kubica: "It was good, a...

The BMW Sauber F1 Team had a trouble free Saturday at the French Grand Prix and were rewarded by Robert Kubica qualifying fourth and Nick Heidfeld seventh. This was Robert's best qualifying result in Formula One.

Robert Kubica:

"It was good, a positive weekend and I am happy the car is working well. I was happy about the balance of the car yesterday, and again today as we have improved it and this morning's lap times were very consistent. I think a better result than this wasn't possible, but I feel we are in good shape for the race, although I think Renault here are closer to us than we are to Ferrari. Overtaking here is very difficult and that was why it was very important to qualify in front. I think we have to make a good start and keep up our speed for the whole race."

Nick Heidfeld:

"The qualifying was okay, but not particularly good so I am not completely satisfied with my grid position. On my last outing in the first chicane the rear was very nervous and the car was oversteering. Nevertheless, the balance of the car today was better than on Friday. My lap times from this morning didn't reflect the true performance because I had too much traffic."

"My back didn't cause me any trouble at all. It was a painful muscle cramp and this was treated successfully last night. Obviously Ferrari is stronger than us and Renault has caught up. For tomorrow the weather forecast predicts rain and I would welcome a wet race. We haven't had one for quite a while and I like driving in the rain a lot. It could mix up the field and provide good entertainment for the spectators."

Mario Theissen (BMW Motorsport Director):

"On his return Robert had a great qualifying. Fourth on the grid gives him a very good starting point for the race. Nick also made it to the final qualifying session, but his final fast lap wasn't perfect. Even more important than his grid position is the fact Nick didn't have any back pain. Seventh means he is starting from the clean side of the grid, so this is also a good starting point for him. We didn't have any technical problems during the entire qualifying."

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"In the eighth qualifying session of the season we made it in the top ten with both cars for the eighth time - so we are very satisfied with the result. We had a trouble free qualifying, and it demonstrated that we improved the set-up of the cars after Friday's free practices. Robert is back as strong as ever and has a good starting position for the race. Unfortunately Nick didn't manage a perfect lap, but he has good chances as well."

Robert Kubica
BMW Sauber F1.07-07/BMW P86/7
Qualifying: 4th, 1:15.493 min

Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber F1.07-05/BMW P86/7
Qualifying: 7th, 1:15.900 min

-credit: bmw sauber

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Robert Kubica , Mario Theissen
Teams Ferrari , Sauber