Frentzen: Sauber played its joker today

Heinz-Harald Frentzen reckoned that Sauber played its joker in the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The German took full advantage of the changeable conditions to finish third, with team-mate Nick Heidfeld coming in fifth

Frentzen: Sauber played its joker today

Sauber had timed its pit-stops perfectly, and was able to change to wet tyres on their scheduled refuelling stops. This vaulted both drivers into contention, and the supremacy of the Bridgestone in intermediate wet conditions ensured that both were able to come home ahead of more fancied opposition.

"I'm very happy, and especially now because of our situation," said Frentzen. "It's fantastic! We have had a very difficult season and podium finishes have definitely not been our regular targets. Today the weather and the track conditions were just perfect for us. I was about to come into the pits anyway, so I decided 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. We used our joker today."

Team boss Peter Sauber was understandably elated with the result - especially as the ten points scored in the constructors' target is more than the team has scored for the rest of the season combined, and moves the team up to fifth in the constructors' standings.

"Ten 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," said Sauber.

Frentzen, however, knows exactly how he's going to celebrate. "Tonight we're going into the streets to have a party," he said. "I'll invite the whole team. We definitely have a reason to celebrate. My third place gives a lot of motivation to the team. I wish it all the best for the future."

shares
comments
Toyota's tyre gamble fails to pay off
Previous article

Toyota's tyre gamble fails to pay off

Next article

Montoya Storms Away with Title Chances Over

Montoya Storms Away with Title Chances Over
How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes Plus

How F1 has tried to avoid repeating its 2014 engine rules mistakes

With Formula 1’s future engine regulations now agreed, MARK GALLAGHER wonders if they will provide a more competitive field than past attempts actually managed

How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era Plus

How its faltering first turbo car advanced a Williams-Honda glory era

STUART CODLING charts the development of the Williams FW09, the ugly duckling that heralded the start of the title-winning Williams-Honda partnership

Formula 1
Sep 25, 2022
The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared Plus

The Moss-Ferrari farce that current F1 drivers are thankfully spared

Recent moves within the driver market have reminded MAURICE HAMILTON of a time when contracts weren’t worth the paper they weren’t written on…

Formula 1
Sep 24, 2022
Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing Plus

Audi’s innovative first assault on grand prix racing

It has been a long time coming but Audi’s arrival in Formula 1 is finally on the horizon for 2026. But it won’t be its first foray into grand prix racing, as the German manufacturer giant has a history both long and enthralling

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination Plus

The seven factors powering Verstappen's 2022 F1 domination

After a tooth and nail and, at times, toxic Formula 1 world championship scrap last year, Max Verstappen's march to a second consecutive title has been the exact opposite. But has he really changed in 2022? Here's a dive into what factors have played a crucial role, both inside the Verstappen camp and elsewhere, in the Dutch driver's domination

Formula 1
Sep 23, 2022
Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward Plus

Why Hamilton is still the man to keep driving Mercedes forward

Lewis Hamilton’s words in a recent Vanity Fair interview define both his world-view and his approach to this season: one of perpetual struggle against adversity. As GP RACING explains, that’s what Lewis feeds off – and why, far from being down and nearly out, he’s using his unique skillset to spearhead Mercedes’ revival…

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight Plus

The time lag of ideas that offers intrigue over F1's future fight

The pecking order in 2022's Formula 1 season may look pretty static as the season draws to a close, but the unique nature of the cost cap means that preparation for next season takes precedence. New developments are being pushed back to 2023 - which could mask the technical development war ongoing...

Formula 1
Sep 22, 2022
How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars Plus

How one retro event could prove an alluring prospect for Formula 1 stars

While Formula 1 drivers taking part in retro events can prove costly, as Charles Leclerc discovered at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Goodwood Revival could prove an interesting experiment for today's stars. As the event's own Tourist Trophy race proves it means serious business, a race for current F1 drivers feels as though it’s in line with where the event is currently at

Goodwood Revival
Sep 21, 2022