Team Sauber Petronas drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld finished third and fifth respectively in today's United States Grand Prix, to push the team from ninth to fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors. Nick ...
Team Sauber Petronas drivers Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld finished third and fifth respectively in today's United States Grand Prix, to push the team from ninth to fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors.
"A fantastic result for the team! And congratulations to Heinz-Harald for his third place. I am happy with my own race. I made a good start and made up places, and though Button and I touched in Turn Four there was no damage. In my first stop I changed to dry tyres, which meant I had to come back in for wets soon afterwards, but that was the luck of the game today. We achieved the maximum this afternoon as a team, helped greatly by our Bridgestone tyres which worked perfectly in the conditions.
"I'm very happy! It's fantastic! Especially in our situation! We have had a very difficult season and podium finishes have definitely not been our regular targets. Today the weather and track conditions were just perfect for us. I was about to come into the pits anyway, so I decided to ask the team to change to wet tyres just as it started to rain. As it showed, this was a crucial decision. The team did a great job and it seems that our car is more competitive in wet conditions. This was our joker."
"However, we had a similar situation in Monza two weeks ago when it looked very promising for us too regarding points. But today I just thought of enjoying my position as much as I could and was not so much thinking of finishing on the podium. Tonight we're going on to the streets to have a party! I'll invite the whole team. We definitely have a reason to celebrate. We made a big jump in the championship. My third place gives a lot of motivation to the team. I wish it all the best for the future."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"10 points in a single race - after the sort of season we have been having in 2003 - well, it's very difficult for me to find the right words. Under demanding weather conditions our strategy, the skills of the drivers, and the Bridgestone tyres, played decisive roles. The result is a well deserved reward for the mechanics, the engineers, the drivers and Bridgestone, and in particular for our sponsors Credit Suisse and Red Bull, and Petronas who supplies us with the engine that also served us so well."
Heidfeld (C22-01): 5th
Frentzen (C22-03): 3rd