Italian GP: Sauber preview

Team Sauber Petronas is planning to use the HANS (Head And Neck Support) safety collar in the Italian Grand Prix event. Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa tried the device for the first time at Monza tests last week. Willy Rampf (Technical ...

Team Sauber Petronas is planning to use the HANS (Head And Neck Support) safety collar in the Italian Grand Prix event. Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa tried the device for the first time at Monza tests last week.

Willy Rampf (Technical Director):

"Monza belongs to the old school of race circuits where high-speed is the name of the game. The drivers reach the highest maximum velocity that they see all season here, and with low downforce set-ups Nick and Felipe will reach more than 350 km/h in several places. Apart from Indianapolis, Monza demands more full-throttle motoring than any other circuit on the calendar."

"Because it's a power circuit there are heavy demands placed on the the Petronas V10 engine. Braking performance and stability is also important for the very heavy braking into the chicanes. In testing here last week we were further able to develop our low downforce set-up.

Peter Sauber Team Principal:

"Anyone who has followed our history knows that driver safety is one of our main concerns. All of us at Team Sauber Petronas have followed the progress of the HANS system with great interest since its introduction, and both Nick and Felipe have tested it earlier this season. I am delighted that we are now in a position to use it in a race event. I believe that is a clear sign of our commitment to safety."

Nick Heidfeld (47 GPs, 7 World Championship points):

"I enjoy racing at high-speed circuits such as Monza. We've gone well in testing there. I think we have a good low downforce set-up that should stand us in good stead for the race weekend."

Felipe Massa (14 GPs, 4 World Championship points):

"Monza is one of the circuits that I know well. I am looking forward to racing there. We got the car going really well last week. I hope we will be competitive."

-sauber-

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