Frentzen too tall for Sauber

Heinz-Harald Frentzen paid a visit to Sauber's factory in Switzerland yesterday (Tuesday) as he prepares to return to his former team next season - and discovered that he is too tall for this year's car

Frentzen too tall for Sauber

The German, who is to replace Brazilian Felipe Massa in 2003, is 1.78 metres tall. His team-mate Nick Heidfeld is only 1.64 metres, while Massa is 1.66 metres.

Frentzen told Reuters: "The team will have to make considerable modifications to one of their cars to get me to fit, as I am quite a bit taller than the current drivers. I will probably not drive before December."

The 35-year-old drove for Sauber in Formula 1 between '94 and '96. He was also part of the team's Mercedes driving squad in Group C sportscars.

"Normally it takes a while before you feel at home in a new team," he said. "But coming to Sauber is like coming home for me and I cannot wait to start working on next year's car.

"Ever since I left Sauber to go to Williams in '97 Peter [Sauber, team boss] has been trying to get me to return to the team.

"Even when I left, I said to them that I will be coming back one day. Now the timing is right."

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