British GP: Sauber race notes

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished sixth and ninth respectively in today's British Grand Prix in Silverstone. Giancarlo Fisichella: "I was so confident in my car today! I knew that I had a very...

Team Sauber Petronas drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Felipe Massa finished sixth and ninth respectively in today's British Grand Prix in Silverstone.

Giancarlo Fisichella:

"I was so confident in my car today! I knew that I had a very quick one and when I was running on my own it was fantastic. Early on I was able to overtake several cars that were carrying less fuel than I was. At the end I lost time in my final stop as the mechanics topped up my engine's pneumatics, and without that I would easily have beaten Montoya. Honestly, the car is really good and I am very encouraged that we have made such a big step forward. Today I had the best car I have had all season, so thanks to the whole team."

Felipe Massa:

"You know, I could be really disappointed because I had a car that should have scored points today, but I am also very happy because we have made such an improvement in its behaviour. It was very fast and consistent all race. Then I had what I think was a software problem in my stop on lap 38, and initially I couldn't get first gear. Towards the end when I was challenging Webber I deliberately dropped back a little and then really pushed him hard in the closing laps. My car was much faster than his, but overtaking is always very difficult here."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"The whole weekend things went against us: first there was Giancarlo's engine problem on Friday morning, then Felipe's problem in qualifying, then Felipe being stuck all race behind the Jaguar, and Giancarlo's engine losing air pressure. But to be able still to score three points with all these circumstances is a strong performance that is down to our new aerodynamic package, two very good drivers and very good tyres."

Giancarlo Fisichella 6th
Chassis: C23-03
Felipe Massa 9th
Chassis: C23-01

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Giancarlo Fisichella , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber