Italian GP Saturday Sauber notes

Jean Alesi: This morning the front end of the car lacked grip on turn-in, and under braking, and I had a moment of confusion when lights lit up on my dashboard, as the FIA was experimenting with the new system of electronic onboard flag ...

Jean Alesi:

This morning the front end of the car lacked grip on turn-in, and under braking, and I had a moment of confusion when lights lit up on my dashboard, as the FIA was experimenting with the new system of electronic onboard flag signals.

This afternoon I did my best, but it will be hard for the race starting so far back.

Pedro Diniz:

We improved the car a little more for qualifying, but it’s really frustrating to lose four places because of five thousandths of a second! That shows how hard F1 is. The car was oversteering a bit this afternoon, but when I spun at the end at the second Lesmo I was on my slowing down lap, so it didn’t matter.

Peter Sauber:

Monza is another high-speed, low-downforce track such as Hockenheim, which is not the best combination for our car. But compared with qualifying in Germany we have improved. Nevertheless, we are not satisfied.

It is pleasing to see Pedro so close to Jean. The fact that four cars (Alesi, Wurz, Herbert, Diniz) are within such a small lap time span again endorses just how close F1 is today. Because we are stronger in the race than in the qualifying, we hope to score a point tomorrow, with a little bit of luck.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jean Alesi , Peter Sauber , Pedro Diniz
Teams Sauber