Team SAUBER PETRONAS driver Nick Heidfeld finished ninth in today's Japanese Grand Prix. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was forced to retire on lap 10 after an engine failure. As a result of today's race the team finishes sixth in the World Championship...
Team SAUBER PETRONAS driver Nick Heidfeld finished ninth in today's Japanese Grand Prix. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was forced to retire on lap 10 after an engine failure. As a result of today's race the team finishes sixth in the World Championship for Constructors.
"The start was good, but between Turns One and Two Wilson hit me a few times and consequently pushed me into the dirt. I lost some places, which was annoying. After that I was able to catch up lap by lap. Unfortunately I finished only ninth and couldn't score points, so sadly we couldn't defend our fifth place in the Constructors' World Championship. We dropped a position, but B.A.R. Honda was simply too strong today."
"It's a shame that I couldn't finish my race, but at least Nick was able to have a good one and to catch up after the chaos after the start. Ralf Schumacher hit the rear of my car quite hard so I had to go to the pits, where we discovered that oil was leaking from a damaged cooler. Later the engine broke, so that was it."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"Of course we all are disappointed that we couldn't keep our fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors, but we must not be ungrateful. Before the last race in Indianapolis we were only ninth in the Championship and only climbed to fifth thanks to the fantastic performance of the drivers, the team and, of course, Bridgestone. We thank Nick Heidfeld and Heinz-Harald Frentzen for a good and professional job in a very difficult season for us. Hats off to B.A.R. Honda for a great result today and for taking fifth place in the Championship. And congratulations to Ferrari and Michael Schumacher. With this unique success they write themselves into a completely new chapter of motorsport history."
Weather: Cloudy but dry.
Heidfeld (C22-01) - finished 9th
Frentzen (C22-03) - retired on lap 10