Australian GP: Sauber Sunday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa will start today's Australian Grand Prix from fourth and 18th positions respectively after this morning's final qualifying session. Jacques Villeneuve: "I'm very happy to be ...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa will start today's Australian Grand Prix from fourth and 18th positions respectively after this morning's final qualifying session.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"I'm very happy to be starting from the second row in my first race for Team Sauber Petronas. We had some good tests in the winter, but I was not quite expecting that. The car is getting better all the time and the hardest part is now out of the way."

"I did a defensive lap this morning to be sure of maximising our strong position from yesterday, and I was satisfied with that. It's very difficult to predict what will happen in the race, but I'm going to be fighting very hard for points. It depends too much on what the others are doing."

Felipe Massa:

"As we did not even record a time yesterday because of the rain storm, and given the need to conserve our tyres and engine, we decided that there was no point in going out this morning as we would only have been able to achieve a minimal improvement on our grid position."

"In fact, even without going out we moved up because Michael Schumacher and Takuma Sato have changed their engines! Starting near the back is not what I had been hoping for, but we can still have a good race this afternoon."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Takuma Sato , Michael Schumacher , Jacques Villeneuve , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber