Sauber confident after Salo sets test pace

The Sauber team could be on course for a surprise result in next week's Monaco Grand Prix after a stunning test performance

Sauber confident after Salo sets test pace

Mika Salo was quickest on the final day of pre-Monaco running at Valencia yesterday, beating Jordan, Arrows, Jaguar and Benetton.

The Finn always excels at Monaco. He ran at Valencia with a set-up worked on by team-mate Pedro Diniz and test driver Enrique Bernoldi earlier in the week.

"It's been a good day," he said. "We did a lot of aerodynamic research and learned a lot about our set-up. The C19 was pretty good here so I'm looking forward to Monaco."

Test team boss Jacky Eeckelaert highlighted the impressive reliability of Salo's Sauber-Petronas.

"Everything ran like a Swiss watch," he said. "The C19 has been so reliable that we comfortably recorded the most laps of any team during the three days."

This was Salo's first experience of the Valencia track, and he praised the Spanish facility. The track has been open less than a year and this was the first time that a major F1 test had taken place there. It's twisty nature made it an ideal place to prepare for Monaco.

"I'd never seen this track before yesterday, when I did a lap in the evening in my hire car," the Finn explained. "I've had a lot of fun here."

Salo brought Sauber its only points finish to date in 2000 with sixth place in the San Marino Grand Prix at Imola last month.

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