German GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve will start tomorrow's German Grand Prix from 13th and 14th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying session. Jacques Villeneuve: "My only problem came after the...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve will start tomorrow's German Grand Prix from 13th and 14th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying session.

Jacques Villeneuve:

"My only problem came after the first sector, when I started trying to brake hard. The moment I touched the pedal the front wheels just locked, and I wasn't even being aggressive. After that I had to go a little easier on the pedal to avoid that, which cost me some time. It was frustrating, but it should be okay in the race once things have warmed up thoroughly after a couple of laps."

Felipe Massa:

"I had a bad lap today. The car had a bit of understeer this morning, but otherwise it was okay. But straight away this afternoon it was oversteering. The track temperature had gone up a little but that really doesn't explain why the car changed so much. It can't change like that. It's very disappointing, after the way we were going yesterday and this morning."

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"This was a very disappointing result for us. This morning both cars were well balanced, but by this session their handling had deteriorated. Partly this may have been because the track conditions changed, though that was the same for every team. Jacques was complaining of the front wheels locking, while Felipe's car was suffering from oversteer. We are looking at the telemetry now to see if there is any obvious reason."

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C24-06
1:16.009s, 13th

Jacques Villeneuve
Chassis: C24-04
1:16.012s, 14th

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber