Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

Frentzen believes racing will change under new rules 05 Mar 2003

The new Sauber Petronas driver pairing of Nick Heidfeld (GER), left, and returnee Heinz-Harald Frentzen (GER), right.
United States Grand Prix, Rd16, Indianapolis, USA., 29 September 2002

Heinz-Harald Frentzen is expecting Formula One to be very different under the new regulations.

"Things will have changed a lot because of them. For me it will be an excellent first Grand Prix of the year, with everything being so different - the practice and qualifying procedures and all the other regulations. I hope experience will count, especially with the single-lap qualifying sessions, but with the different fuel loads people will run in qualifying the lap times for the grid will be very misleading. You might not see the fastest car actually taking pole position, because a team might run with more fuel so they don't have to stop so early in the race. I think that we probably won't really know what set-ups everyone ran in qualifying until the race is actually over!

"I am really looking forward to my 10th season in F1. We don't know yet quite how we compare with everyone else but we know that the Sauber Petronas C22 is a faster car than the C21, that it is more consistent and driveable, and its reliability has pleasantly surprised us, so we go to Australia in an optimistic mood."