Sauber Duo See Improvements Work

Sauber duo Jacques Villeneuve and Felipe Massa believe that the team's recovery from their early season troubles is well on track, after the Swiss outfit's most encouraging qualifying performance this year

Sauber Duo See Improvements Work

Massa and Villeneuve qualified 8th and 11th respectively, although the Brazilian will lose 10 grid places because of an engine change he had to have after Friday practice.

But despite that disappointment, Massa was pleased with the promise shown by the car throughout the weekend - and was keeping as upbeat as possible about his prospects for the race.

"The car was every bit as good as it was yesterday and I had a good lap, apart from sliding past the apex in the second Rivazza when I got off the dry line," said Massa. "Maybe I lost three-tenths there. It's academic, though,thanks to my engine change penalty which turns eighth fastest time in the session and eighth on the grid into 18th. But we have a very good car, so let's see what we can do this afternoon."

Villeneuve, who finally appears to be getting on top of his handling of the C24, added: "I'm quite happy. Today what was important was to keep position as the track drying every lap. The car was quite performant with the fuel load we chose.

"The rear was sliding a bit, but that's the way we set it up. Overall I was satisfied with the lap and 12th fastest time in the session."

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