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Frentzen Suggests Sauber Used Traction Control in Oz

Friday March 9th, 2001

Heinz-Harald Frentzen is concerned that not all teams are waiting until the Spanish Grand Prix this season to introduce traction control.

The German driver finished fifth in his Jordan in the Australian Grand Prix but revealed his bewilderment at not being able to pass the Saubers of Nick Heidfeld and Kimi Raikkonen.

The Ferrari-powered Sauber team finished fourth and sixth in the race after their protest knocked BAR's Olivier Panis out of the points, but Frentzen targeted the Sauber in comments on his official website.

"I don't know if traction control comes as a factory option with Ferrari engines," he said. "But every time I got close in a slower corner he (Heidfeld) would pull away under acceleration which was strange as I could hear the engine misfiring."

Teams have already voiced their concerns over the decision to allow more time to develop their traction control systems before the introduction in Barcelona.

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