German GP: Sauber Friday notes

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in eighth and 13th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix. Nick Heidfeld: "In the morning session I was happy with the car and my position, but this ...

Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld finished in eighth and 13th places respectively after today's first free practice sessions for the German Grand Prix.

Nick Heidfeld:

"In the morning session I was happy with the car and my position, but this afternoon it doesn't look so nice. As usual we were running with a fair amount of fuel, but we need to change a few things. I had grip, but the balance wasn't so good."

"I still prefer the old Hockenheim, but the changes here are nicer than I expected and have been well executed. The revised circuit is quite a lot of fun - especially the tighter first corner and the flowing new section where you have to be very precise."

Felipe Massa:

"I'm pleased with the way my car has been performing today. It's got plenty of grip and the balance was fine. I had a couple of adventures when I was pushing hard, but the incident on my final lap this afternoon happened because I was the first to arrive after Fisichella had left a lot of oil in the first corner. I damaged the front wing of the car, which folded back underneath it, but otherwise everything was okay. I never drove at the old Hockenheim, but for sure I like this revised version. It's a good track."

Peter Sauber (Team Principal):

"Our performance today was okay and once again the Sauber Petronas C21 was reliable. It was important on a new track that we were able to cover a lot of laps. The changes here are good. The surface has a good grip level, the new sections work well, and I think the drivers and spectators are happy with the result."


Driver (Chassis)
Heidfeld (C21-06)
1:17.573s, 13th


Massa (C21-04)
1:17.361s, 8th
Spare: (C21-07)

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa , Peter Sauber
Teams Sauber