Team Sauber Petronas driver Giancarlo Fisichella finished eighth in today's Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, but Felipe Massa was forced to retire after 21 laps due to a brake problem. Giancarlo Fisichella: "The race went almost...
Team Sauber Petronas driver Giancarlo Fisichella finished eighth in today's Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring, but Felipe Massa was forced to retire after 21 laps due to a brake problem.
"The race went almost exactly the way I expected it to, right down to the start! It was a good race for me, and even though one point isn't really enough it was still good to score it. The car had very good pace and balance, and the sole problem was the tyres graining two or three laps after each pit stop, but that cleared up after five or six laps. I did my best and really pushed, and I didn't make any mistakes, so I am pleased with myself and the teamwork and now I'm really looking forward to Spa."
"I was able to pass a few people at the start, and after Pantano went off the road I could catch up easily with Panis. Unfortunately, after my first stop I had a problem with a 'long' brake pedal at the end of the straight. We made another pit stop to check the brake system but when the team couldn't fix the problem they advised me to stop for safety reasons."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"After his strong qualifying performance, Giancarlo drove an error-free and consistent race that was fully deserving of the point we scored. That is even more important for us as our immediate rivals did not score."
"Felipe showed his speed once again, but had a lot of problems this weekend. After his disappointment in qualifying due to an engine problem he had to retire because of a malfunction in the braking system. Fingers crossed, Spa will be kinder to him and will allow him to demonstrate his true capability."
Giancarlo Fisichella: 8th
Felipe Massa: retired on lap 21