Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa qualified their Sauber Petronas C21s ninth and 12th fastest respectively for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld: "I had to switch to the T-car for qualifying after we discovered a water leak in my...
Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa qualified their Sauber Petronas C21s ninth and 12th fastest respectively for tomorrow's Brazilian Grand Prix.
"I had to switch to the T-car for qualifying after we discovered a water leak in my race car's engine as it was being warmed up. The two cars weren't massively different and both were set up for me, and as we made adjustments we were able to hone the balance. Unfortunately I had a persistent problem with the brakes. Considering everything I'm very happy to be in the top 10, but I know I would have been quicker in my race car."
"I wish I could also have made the top 10, but I don't think 12th place is too bad on my first appearance before my countrymen in an F1 car. The car was really well balanced in the second and third runs, but for the last one we tried a different tyre combination and I wasn't able to improve."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Under difficult circumstances we were able to demonstrate our maturity by once again qualifying a car in the top 10. Nick drove well after having to switch to the T-car at the start of the session. Felipe also did a good job to take 12th place in only his third GP, especially as he is driving under the additional pressure of the expectations of his home crowd. Generally our performance is okay, especially as we have maintained the half second gap to our principal opposition on Bridgestone tyres."
Heidfeld (C21-03) 1:14.233, 9th
Massa (C21-04) 1:14.533s, 12th