Austrian GP Sauber race notes

Mika Salo: "I made a very good start, and managed to avoid all the carnage in the first corner. I couldn't believe I was third on the first lap! Later on I saw Barrichello's nose and decided to let him go, but the car was fine at that stage....

Mika Salo:
"I made a very good start, and managed to avoid all the carnage in the first corner. I couldn't believe I was third on the first lap! Later on I saw Barrichello's nose and decided to let him go, but the car was fine at that stage. Later I began to get massive oversteer in the high-speed corners, and the rear brakes were locking in the slow stuff, so I was having to work very hard. But it's good to score my fourth point of the season."

Pedro Diniz:
"That start was really something! I had to brake very hard when an Arrows in front of me suddenly pulled over and I found a slower car right ahead. I lost the back end of the car and slid across the road into Fisichella. I was lucky to get away without damaging the car more than I did, but the bodywork on the right-hand side suffered and so did the floor. The car still felt quite good despite that and the lap times were competitive, but the stop-and-go penalty cost me any chance of pushing towards the top six."

Peter Sauber:
"I'm very happy with another point, especially in light of Mika's oversteer problem. We were able to confirm that the C19 has taken a step forward in race trim as well as in qualifying. This point today is very important for us because it takes us back ahead of Jaguar. Given that Pedro's car was damaged on the first lap, his times were encouraging."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Mika Salo , Peter Sauber , Pedro Diniz
Teams Sauber