European GP: Sauber race notes

The team Sauber Petronas drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished eighth and ninth respectively in today's European Grand Prix as the team scored one point. Nick Heidfeld: "After I didn't get a timed qualifying lap yesterday ...

The team Sauber Petronas drivers Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished eighth and ninth respectively in today's European Grand Prix as the team scored one point.

Nick Heidfeld:

"After I didn't get a timed qualifying lap yesterday I decided to start the race from the pit lane. At the beginning it was not easy to pass both Minardi drivers and I also got stuck behind Villeneuve. But after that the car was going well. I am just very happy about my result!"

Heinz-Harald Frentzen:

"My congratulations to Nick! I am happy for him and for the whole team! We have scored one point and also both cars were undamaged today and we were both able to finish the race. Normally, this shouldn't be unusual, but after yesterday's qualifying session our results today are a surprise to me. At the beginning I was fighting with Firman, but then I was able to get on with my own race and I'm happy to finish in the top 9."

Peter Sauber:

"To score one point after starting the race from the pit lane is a fantastic achievement, particularly considering our current situation! The fact that both Nick and Heinz-Harald finished in the top 9 clearly shows the good performance of our team and, of course, the drivers. In comparison with our competitors the improvement in the performance of the car was also clearly visible. Unfortunately we couldn't make more out of it from our starting positions. Thank you to the whole team. This weekend for us was like sitting a really tough exam, which we have passed."

Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C22-01) 8th
Frentzen (C22-03) 9th
Spare (C22-02)

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