Japanese GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix in 11th and 12th places respectively after the second qualifying session. Nick Heidfeld: "I believe my lap today was pretty good,...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen will start tomorrow's Japanese Grand Prix in 11th and 12th places respectively after the second qualifying session.

Nick Heidfeld:

"I believe my lap today was pretty good, but I think in general it is quite difficult to say who was really quick or not and we will see quite a few different strategies tomorrow. When I left the pits it started to drizzle and therefore I ran my out lap a little faster than planned, but ultimately the light rain didn't affect my flying lap. I am also happy with the car, it felt good in qualifying and during long runs this morning."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen:

"Up to Degner Two I had a good run, but I tried just a bit too hard - a tiny bit - and got stuck on the kerbs there and lost traction and acceleration which obviously hurt my starting position. However, my car was well balanced and good to drive so I'm hopeful for the race."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Our strategies were good, but the implementation of them didn't quite work out. Nick's lap was okay. Heinz-Harald's run was good, too, in the first and third sectors. In the middle one he unfortunately lost nine tenths of a second in Degner Two and consequently the fifth starting position, which would have been very important for us considering the grid positions of our principal opposition, Webber and Button."

Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C22-01)
1:33.632s, 11th

Frentzen (C22-03)
1:33.896s, 12th
Spare (C22-02)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Nick Heidfeld , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber