Team Sauber Petronas driver Felipe Massa helped the team to move to fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors by finishing fifth in today's Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Giancarlo Fisichella was the innocent victim of a third-lap...
Team Sauber Petronas driver Felipe Massa helped the team to move to fifth place in the World Championship for Constructors by finishing fifth in today's Monaco Grand Prix in Monte Carlo. Giancarlo Fisichella was the innocent victim of a third-lap accident, and thankfully was unharmed.
"I'm very disappointed today. I made a good start and was just driving gently, saving the tyres, when Sato's engine exploded. I'd seen it smoking after the second start, but nobody expected it to break like that. I had no vision at all. Barrichello and Montoya were in front, then suddenly there was a McLaren. I'm not sure why it was there, but the next thing I heard was the bang and I was upside down. The car took all the impact and I stayed in the cockpit until it all went quiet outside, just in case the accident wasn't finished. Then I got myself out. I'm okay, but very frustrated, because for sure we could have had P4 today."
"All I saw in the accident was a lot of mess and cars slowing everywhere. I was right behind Ralf and slowed when he did, and we managed to thread our way through. I guess I was lucky, because you could hardly see a thing! After that I found that in my second stint my tyres were very good so I was able to concentrate on chasing a good finish."
"In my last stint the tyres were okay initially but then the rears were finished as da Matta closed in, so I really had to focus on keeping the car in a straight line when it wanted to go sideways everywhere. I knew that da Matta was also in a good position for points so I didn't think he would take a risk, but I was never able to relax. I'm really glad to have been able to help the team move up, especially after Giancarlo's accident. It's good to know that he is okay."
Peter Sauber (Team Principal):
"An incredible race for us, but also a bitter-sweet one which brought us pain and joy. We are very happy that Giancarlo escaped such a spectacular accident without harm, and are very sorry for him. He did a great job in qualifying with the heaviest fuel load and started the race with a lot of confidence and high expectations. On the good side, we are extremely happy for Felipe, who drove an error-free race full of fighting spirit. Our four points today made up for the Giancarlo's misfortune and move us into fifth place in the Constructors' Championship."
Retired lap 3, accident