Sauber Thankful for Rain

Team boss Peter Sauber was thankful for the rain that hit qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday

Sauber Thankful for Rain

"Thanks to the weather gods both Jacques and Felipe were able to qualify in the top 10, which of course is always our aim," he said.

"We are happy to accept this present, and are in good shape for the race."

Canadian Jacques Villeneuve finished in eighth position after completing his flying lap when the conditions were not at their worst. Despite struggling with his car's handling, the Sauber driver saw his efforts rewarded with a strong result.

"I had so much oversteer that I thought the lap was really slow until I saw the time," said the Canadian. "It felt like I was driving a rally car I was so sideways but that's the way I like it, at least over a quallie lap.

"If it was like that through the whole race it would be more difficult, but overall I'm happy with the way things went and it's looking good."

Teammate Felipe Massa also struggled during his flying lap, but the conditions helped the Brazilian secure a spot in the top ten.

"Unlike Jacques I had massive understeer. I already knew I was in trouble after only two corners. We went for a 'safe' set-up for the conditions but went a little bit too far and I was having to wait ages before I could get on the throttle and get the car turned in.

"It was really difficult making myself be patient! But looking at where I will start, I have to say that the luck went our way this afternoon."

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