Japanese GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka from eighth and 10th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying session. Jacques Villeneuve: "I had so much ...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka from eighth and 10th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying session.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"I had so much oversteer that I thought the lap was really slow until I saw the time. It felt like I was driving a rally car I was so sideways but that's the way I like it, at least over a quallie lap. If it was like that through the whole race it would be more difficult, but overall I'm happy with the way things went and it's looking good."

Felipe Massa:

"Unlike Jacques I had massive understeer. I already knew I was in trouble after only two corners. We went for a 'safe' set-up for the conditions but went a little bit too far and I was having to wait ages before I could get on the throttle and get the car turned in. It was really difficult making myself be patient! But looking at where I will start, I have to say that the luck went our way this afternoon."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Thanks to the weather gods both Jacques and Felipe were able to qualify in the top 10, which of course is always our aim. We are happy to accept this present, and are in good shape for the race."

Jacques Villeneuve
Chassis: C24-04
1:47.440s, 8th

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C24-06
1:48.278s, 10th

-sauber-

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