Malaysian GP: Sauber preview

PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW Willy Rampf (Technical Director) "Sepang is perhaps best known for its unique architecture with two long straights, behind and in front of the pits, which will offer to Nick and Felipe good opportunities...

PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX PREVIEW

Willy Rampf (Technical Director)

"Sepang is perhaps best known for its unique architecture with two long straights, behind and in front of the pits, which will offer to Nick and Felipe good opportunities for overtaking."

"The overall level of grip is quite low, so only Monaco and Hungaroring require higher down-force. Since we last raced here electronic aids such as traction control had been re-introduced, which should help with traction, especially out of the tight Turn Nine hairpin."

"Very high ambient temperatures require a high level of cooling performance for the engine, which was one of the major requirements for the C21. In Melbourne the C21 performed strongly so we are confident that it will be well suited to the characteristics of this interesting track and the severe conditions here in Malaysia."

Nick Heidfeld (34 GPs )

"The Foster's Australian GP didn't last very long for me, but the work we did there in practice and qualifying, though interrupted by circumstance, confirmed the good performance of the Sauber Petronas C21. The Malaysian GP is of course a very important one for the team. I am really looking forward to the race, and to scoring my first World Championship points of the season in front of our friends at Petronas."

Felipe Massa (1 GP)

"I haven't raced at Sepang before, but from what I've seen it is an excellent circuit and I think the Sauber Petronas C21 will go well there. I was pleased with the way things went for me in Melbourne - at least on Friday and Saturday! - and I'm looking forward to the chance to score my first World Championship points. Everyone in the team helped me to integrate into my new role in Australia, and already I feel a part of the F1 circus."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Nick Heidfeld , Felipe Massa
Teams Sauber