Sauber drivers Felipe Massa and Jacques Villeneuve will start tomorrow's European Grand Prix from 11th and 15th positions respectively after this afternoon's qualifying session.
Jacques Villeneuve: "I knew that the car would be difficult on new tyres so our plan all along was to concentrate on the race set-up, and in particular being as strong as possible in the second half which is the one that really matters. I think I'm in reasonable shape for tomorrow."
Felipe Massa: "I was very happy with my lap today. It was a good one, no mistakes, and the balance of the car was reasonable. It's very good to be in front of the Red Bulls and the BARs and we seem to be good in comparison to them, so now I hope that I will make good start and can stay ahead. Starting 11th we have a chance to fight for points, and that's exactly what I'll be doing."
Willy Rampf (Technical Director): "After a difficult time this morning we made good progress with both cars for qualifying. Felipe achieved our target position for him, while Jacques' 15th place reflects his fuel load. Overall we are satisfied, especially as we are ahead of our prime opposition."