San Marino GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen will start tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix in 11th and 14th places respectively after the second qualifying session. Nick Heidfeld: "I had been struggling to find a good balance on my race car ...

Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen will start tomorrow's San Marino Grand Prix in 11th and 14th places respectively after the second qualifying session.

Nick Heidfeld:

"I had been struggling to find a good balance on my race car all weekend, and just before this afternoon's pre-qualifying warm-up I took the decision to switch to the T-car. We weren't able to make all the necessary changes in time for the warm-up, but were able to make more for qualifying. That meant that for the second day in a row I went into qualifying in a car that was not fully familiar, but I enjoyed the best balance I have had all weekend and I think we are moving in the right direction again."

Heinz-Harald Frentzen:

"It was unfortunate that I lost a lot of time with an engine failure this morning, but my crew did a great job to change the unit in time for me to do an installation lap at the end of the session. There was a knock-on effect this afternoon, but taking that into account I am happy. The balance was good and Nick was able to do further good work this morning which helped to stand us in good stead for qualifying and the race tomorrow."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"From the three races held so far this year we know that performance on the one hand depends on the combination of driver and car, but strategy is also a key element. In the circumstances Heinz-Harald is about where we had anticipated he would be, while Nick did well after difficulty finding a balance yesterday and this morning and was able to deliver what we had expected of him, too."


Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C22-03)
1:23.700s, 11th
Frentzen (C22-04)
1:23.932s, 14th
Spare (C22-06)

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