Team Sauber Petronas driver Nick Heidfeld finished ninth in today's Hungarian Grand Prix, but Heinz-Harald Frentzen was forced to retire on lap 48. Nick Heidfeld: "On one hand it's a shame to finish ninth, just out of the points, but on the ...
Team Sauber Petronas driver Nick Heidfeld finished ninth in today's Hungarian Grand Prix, but Heinz-Harald Frentzen was forced to retire on lap 48.
"On one hand it's a shame to finish ninth, just out of the points, but on the other, looking at the drivers who finished in front of me, I think I did a good job. The start was quite good initially but when it got chaotic I wasn't able to move up as much as I thought I would be able to. My result also confirmed once again the improvements we made to the C22 over the past weeks. We were able to score better than our direct competitors who are using the same tyres, Jordan and BAR."
"This race was a pleasure for me until I ran out of fuel. The team obviously instructed me to come into the pits but the radio didn't work, so I didn't hear them. When they indicated to me with my pit stop board, I was just behind Kiesa and didn't see the signal. It's a sum of unlucky circumstances."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Despite the test break in August we've been able to make clear steps forward. Nick had a very good race and the chosen strategy was the optimum. We can say that both chassis and engine were working perfectly today. Heinz-Harald had a rather unlucky weekend. Due to a mistake by the team he was handicapped in yesterday's qualifying, and today he ran out of fuel due to unfortunate circumstances."
Heidfeld (C22-01) 9th
Frentzen (C22-03) retired on lap 48