Austrian GP Sauber Saturday notes

Nick Heidfeld: Qualifying was difficult today because of the changing wind condition. You had to be lucky and be out on the track at the right time, because things changed quite quickly. The car was good today, so I made only one small set-up...

Nick Heidfeld:
Qualifying was difficult today because of the changing wind condition. You had to be lucky and be out on the track at the right time, because things changed quite quickly. The car was good today, so I made only one small set-up change and after that just played around with the tyre pressures. I'm happy with sixth place, my best qualifying effort to date.

Kimi Raikkonen:
My first run was good, but on the second Villeneuve blocked me. I really don't know why. He let a Minardi go by, then it looked as though he had seen me but then he speeded up again and ruined my lap. The last run was also good until Frentzen went wide just in front of me, and then I experienced the same gearshift problem that I had this morning.

Peter Sauber (Team Principal)
Now we can say that it's real, and not a Friday! I am very, very happy, with Nick sixth and Kimi Raikkonen 9th and both cars comfortably in the top 10 again. The car is very good here and obviously we have a good set-up, but the drivers deserve a lot of credit too, especially Nick Heidfeld with his third row start.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Kimi Raikkonen , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber , Minardi