Italian GP: Sauber Saturday qualifying notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from 15th and 16th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying sessions. Giancarlo Fisichella: "My lap was not so good.

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's Italian Grand Prix from 15th and 16th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying sessions.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"My lap was not so good. Obviously we had a fair amount of fuel, but while the first sector was very good I was too conservative in the second and then braked too late for Parabolica and got into a lot of understeer. That cost me at least three-tenths. We are, however, optimistic for the race because we know how consistent the car is on long runs."

Felipe Massa:

"There was a big difference in the balance of my car between its pre-qualifying configuration and the qualifying set-up, and this caught me out a little under braking for the first part of the first chicane. I locked the rear wheels a little and ran in wide, so after that the lap was ruined. It's a pity because the rest of it was very good. I probably lost two, maybe three, positions. Now I just have to exploit the car's strong race form as much as I can."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Qualifying was unsatisfactory. I hope the race will be better."

Ginacarlo Fisichella
Chassis: C23-04
1:22.239, 15th

Felipe Massa
Chassis: C23-01
1:22.287s, 16th

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber