Sauber Duo Hindered by Oversteer

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve blamed oversteer in his Sauber for the lack of pace shown during Friday's practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix

Villeneuve finished down in 16th position at the Hungaroring, over three seconds off the pace after claiming his car was difficult to drive.

The Canadian's day also included a spin at the end of the afternoon session.

"I had oversteer all day. Normally that doesn't disturb me too much, but there was enough of it to make the car difficult to drive quickly," said Villeneuve. "Otherwise it wasn't too bad, it just lacked pace.

"At the end I had to spin to avoid a Jordan in the corner before the pit entry; I don't know who it was but they seemed to get a bit confused when they saw blue flags and just braked, so I had to go off to avoid them."

Villeneuve's teammate Felipe Massa also struggled with understeer as Sauber failed to shine at the Hungarian circuit. The Brazilian driver finished in 18th place.

"The car was good this morning when the track was still very green and slippery," said Massa. "We kept the same set of tyres on for part of this afternoon's session, and by then the car was really oversteering, so as we put on a new set of tyres we also adjusted the set-up to make the handling more neutral.

"Unfortunately we went a little too far and after that I had bad understeer and couldn't do a decent lap. It was difficult out there."

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