Malaysian GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella will start tomorrow's Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix from 11th and 12th places respectively after this afternoon's qualifying sessions. Giancarlo Fisichella: "My car was better...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Fisichella will start tomorrow's Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix from 11th and 12th places respectively after this afternoon's qualifying sessions.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"My car was better today and I was quite happy with the balance. Unfortunately I lost the back end a couple of times in the last two corners and lost around three-tenths of a second. Without that we could have been in the top 10, so that's disappointing. On the other hand, our race pace has been good, so I'm quite confident for the race."

Felipe Massa:

"My car's balance was very good in the first two sectors, but I was struggling quite a bit in the third one. It was like that this morning, and a bit worse this afternoon. The back end of the car lacked grip and stability. But 11th isn't too bad a place to start, and I know that we have a very good set-up for the race, so I think we can do a good job tomorrow."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Eleventh and twelfth positions are fine with us and are a result of a solid performance by both drivers. Of course it is annoying that we couldn't leave da Matta behind, but I'm hoping that we can make this up in the race."

Driver (Chassis)
Giancarlo Fisichella: (C23-02)
1:35.061s, 12th

Felipe Massa (C23-03)
1:35.039s, 11th
Spare (C23-01)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber